After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing He said was, “Don’t eat the forbidden fruit.”
“Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey Eve…we have forbidden fruit!”
“Do NOT eat the fruit!” said God.
“Because I am your Father and I said so!” God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creation after making the elephants. Some time later, God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked! “Didn’t I tell you not to eat the fruit?” God asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you?” said the Father.
“I don’t know,” said Eve.
“She started it!” Adam said.
Having had it with the two of them, God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.
But there is reassurance in this story: if you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be hard on yourself. If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
Thanks to my friend Michelle for this one.