'Why have you got a bible?' I asked Xavier.
'The religious ed teacher gave it to us,' he replied. We didn't pull him out of religious ed, because we thought he might as well learn that some people are religious, including his extended family.
I examined the bible closer. It was brand new. The cover had little cartoon pictures of bible stories - Jesus on a donkey with people waving palm leaves, a big green fish spewing Jonah onto land, Goliath aiming a spear at boy David, a big fireball from heaven barbecuing a stone altar, armies with chariots, swords and spears.
Xavier might have been familiar with some stories from religious ed. I didn't go out of my way to tell him details of bible mythology.
The front pages of the bible was several colour pages with cartoons appealing to kids. It was promoted as a big adventure story where God saves the day. There were glossy pages of brightly coloured cartoons dispersed at intervals. A big step up from the black and white cartoons on the thin pages of a Good New's Bible I had as a child. The rest of the bible was typical small, dense black text on white paper.
Leo got home from work. 'Why has Xavier got a bible?' he asked. 'Sell it on eBay' he said.
'No, I'd rather not be responsible for indoctrinating someone else's children,' I said.
Apparently the bible was to be returned the following week.
'Oh, so you don't get to keep it?' said Leo.
'Just as well it didn't end up in the rubbish,' I added. 'Would you like me to highlight the bits where they kill each other and eat children?' I asked. 'Then you can ask what's up with those bits.'
'Nope. Don't bother,' said Xavier. Awww!