So, I have been wracking my brain about this week's topic since about, um, last Sunday. You'd be surprised how foggy a wasteland the mind of writer can be, even on a clear summer's morn.
Irregardless - or is it regardless? Ugh, somebody clear out these cobwebs, please - a weekly column is a rare, precious gift to a writer. Right, a gift. Bam! Just like that, the clouds parted and revealed a bright, colorful rainbow.
Look out, heaven haters, here comes some God gushin'.
You see, it all started swirling around in my noggin when I took Kyle and his best pal Bobby (who lives two doors down and is like my second son) to see "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" a few days ago.
As I sat and watched the heavily made-up, bejeweled and bandana'd Johnny Depp resume his role as the lovable rogue pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in the latest swashbuckling installment of the "Pirates" moneymaking series, I started to have doubts.
Had I just brought these two impressionable boys to a "Sodom and Gomorrah" fest? The strong sexual innuendo, near nudity, pagan philosophies on fate, voodoo and zombie speak, and evil mermaid mania gave me pause.
Yikes, what was I condoning?
As any good Catholic mom might, I did a quick post-theater check to make sure the movie had gotten at least respectable reviews from the church. OK, a good mom would have checked first ... next time! Meanwhile, I discovered that (unsurprising spoiler alert) since good wins out over evil in the end, the film is not necessarily considered a detriment to souls.
It did, however, get me thinking about my responsibility to keep God and faith central in the life of my child. Sure, we go to church every Sunday and holy day; he attends CCD classes; we pray in the morning, evening and at meal times.
But the Big Guy deserves a little more than that, after all He's given us, dontcha think?
My pal Nancy Hastings of Liberty agreed.
"In a world where immorality and corruption are coming at our kids in every way, shape and form, we have got to be on the alert. Reminders about God and good are a necessity," she said.
Well said, Nance.
The thing of it is is, I'm truly thankful to live in a free country, with free speech, in which I'm able to openly embrace a belief system that's based on free will. And that's why it's up to me as the Mommy to make sure my son's path is one that leads, you know, upward.
I can just hear the atheists and agnostics now bashing my commitment to growing that mustard seed in my boy; calling me everything but the kitchen sink for my firmness of faith. Listen, it's OK if you stick your little pins in your Patty doll; I already said a prayer for you. Seriously.
Truth be told, I'm about as far from perfect as you might guess, and I certainly don't think I'm holier than this, that, or thou other. But adhering to a viewpoint of that embraces loyalty to Holy Trinity, the Golden Rule, tolerance, and love for your fellow man, well, that's What You-Know-Who Would Do. So, I'll keep on believing and making sure Kyle does, too.
I mean, it goes without saying that we live in a world of topsy-turvy morals, customs and practices. "As for me and my house?" You better believe we'll be serving the Lord.
Y'all may want to give it a try? I'm just saying - it does wonders to clear that fog right out.
Kimerer is a Tribune Chronicle columnist. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.