My son, who turns five in a couple of weeks, rocks!
We were doing some yard work with my parents (who are religious) this past weekend, and I heard about the following conversation between him and my mother from my wife. Sadly I was not there to witness it.
We are tilling out some old sod from the side of my yard and he was "helping" by picking up clumps of sod and tossing them into a pile.
Son: Why does the grass stick together like that?
Grandma: Because that's how God made it.
Son: God!? (totally incredulous as only a 5 yr. old can be without sounding snide)Why do you believe in God anyways? He's not real.
Grandma: Why do you say that?
Son: If he's real, where does he live?
Grandma: In heaven.
Son: Where's that?
Grandma: It's where we go when we die.
Son: But where <i>is</i> it?
Grandma: I don't know. Nobody knows.
Son looks unconvinced, but loses interest in the conversation.
It's hard to convey tone on the internet, but from the way my wife tells it, Grandma basically got totally pwned by my 5 year old! LOL
Kinda makes me proud of the kid. My wife and I are careful not to be too vocal about our atheism around him because he's at that repeating everything he hears stage, and we do try to keep our atheism to ourselves when it comes to family, just to avoid unnecessary tension. I know for certain that the closest he's ever heard to anyone saying god isn't real is possibly overhearing me say that god is Santa for adults, but even that I tried to say quietly because I didn't want him repeating it.
Anyway, I might have a chat with him about tact if it comes up again, but I was still pretty proud of the little guy for not putting up with such a cop-out answer from his Grandma to a rather simple question with a perfectly naturalistic (and realistic!) answer. So I thought I'd share the story here.