Founding Director of With Kids
I sat and watched a child, who is deeply traumatised by the suicide of his father, slowly and carefully paint a picture. He covered the page with red and black paint and carefully, in the corner, placed a tiny figure. “Is that you?” I wondered. “No” he replied, “It’s God.”
“And what is God like?” I asked. “He is bad and makes bad things happen.” He thought for a while and then commented: “But he made dinosaurs too.” “And is that a good thing or a bad thing?” I asked. He ignored my question. He painted over his figure in the corner and said: “God is a dinosaur now”.
“Tell me about dinosaurs” I asked. “They are huge, have big teeth and they hurt people – but they are not real – some of them fly about in the sky.”
Maybe a bit like God!