Devils are not real

I took inventory of Saskia's beliefs recently. I asked her to answer 'real' or 'not real' to various characters and she enthusiastically complied.

"Santa?" I suggested.

"Not real!" Said with seven-year-old pride.

"Easter bunny?"

"Not real!"



"Tooth fairy?" 

"Not real." (A surprise to me, this was followed by a brief discussion to identify my underminer. Pete.)


"Not real."

"Giant whales in the sea?" 

"Real." (What about dolphins, interjected Leif. Are they real?)


"Not real." Said regretfully.


"Real." In a soft voice, utterly convinced.


"Not real." Said with equal conviction, laughing at the ridiculousness of the idea. "Let's do more!" she urged.

But I was too moved by the last two answers to continue.