...after telling the kids over and over how incredibly awesome Jesus is and how much He loves them, Kai and I have this conversation:
KAI: (while sitting in timeout for not listening) Mama, I mad at you! I going to Heaven to be with Jesus!
ME: (after recovering from the shock of hearing those words) Oh, Kai. I would be so sad! If you go to Heaven, I won't see you for a long, long, time. I would miss you so much.
KAI: No, you won't. Because I'm only going for three weeks. I be back!
A couple of days later, we had this conversation:
KAI: Mama, does everybody go to Heaven?
ME: No Kai. Only people that really love Jesus and are good people go to Heaven.
KAI: (whose wheels I could see spinning in his little head) Well, where do bad people go?
ME: Bad people who don't try to be good and who don't love Jesus go to a bad place where there is fire and monsters.
KAI: What's that place called? Is it in Heaven?
ME: (already trying to squirm out of the conversation because I could already see where it was going) No, it's not in Heaven. It's in a bad place and it's called hell.
KAI: (turning with pointed finger to Anna Grace who had just walked into the room) You better be good cuz not, you go to hell!