One Christmas when Soldier was six, his mother read him the nativity story. When she got to the part about Mary bringing forth a babe, Soldier stopped her and asked, “Mom, what’s a babe?”
Soldier’s father Jim overheard the conversation. “I’ll tell you what a babe is. A babe is your mom in a bikini.” He winked at Cindy. She chuckled along with Soldier and Jim.
Then Cindy went on to explain to Soldier that in this case, a babe was a baby. Baby Jesus in this particular story.
Soldier then wanted to know what a bikini was, so Cindy explained that it’s a small swimsuit that women wear.
Satisfied that he now knew what a babe and a bikini were, Soldier listened to the rest of the Christmas story.
A few hours later, the family went to visit Grandma and Granddad. Soldier told his grandma, “I know what a babe is.”
Grandma played along. “What’s a babe?”
“A babe is Mom in a zucchini,” Soldier said with a smile.
Grandma laughed so hard, she cried. Soldier is grown up now, but she still recalls the incident as one of her favorite moments in grandparenting.
Jim & Cindy (in a tankini instead of a bikini)