A Peel Off The Old Onion.

Chris is known for his deep and sometimes murky analogies. They’re easy to get lost in, but if you find your way through their maze, you will find yourself stunned at their depth, and at how all of a sudden, they can actually make sense.

I like watching faces when he periodically teaches our Sunday School class – counting how many what-in-the-world-is-he-talking-about looks versus the wow-he-is-soo-deep-and-right faces, and watching them change back and forth…repeatedly.

His most famous (and made fun of) analogy is most definitely The Onion of Purity.

Although it made perfect sense to me (maybe that’s why he married me), our entire small group was completely and utterly befuddled by it, and never cease to tease him about his complex onion.

(Although some of them DID say that it made more sense after I translated it for them.)

(Maybe THAT’S why he married me.)

Anyway, it appears that Ali has inherited her Father’s gene for deep analogies, but her ability to explain them has not, however, grown in yet.

(Nor has my ability to interpret them.)

Ali walked up to Chris and, in the most I’m-telling-you-something-so-loving-and-genuine-that-it-will-change-your-life voice, said,

“Daddy, You’re the Lion of my Skirt.”

Chris thought he misinterpreted her three year old enunciation.

“What, baby?”

With loving and adoring eyes, she repeated, “You’re the LION of my Skirt!”

“I’m the Lion of your skirt?”

“Yes, that’s right. You ARE!!”

He looked down at the shorts she was wearing…. “Huh?”

“You know…you’re the lion of my skirt.”

Later, we asked her to elaborate…

“What does it mean that Daddy is the Lion of your Skirt?”

“It means that he just IS the Lion of my Skirt.”

“Right. What does that mean?”

“It means he’s the Lion. Of my Skirt.”

“That’s…so sweet, honey.”


I think they need to go ahead and let her start teaching Sunday School right away.

This Mystery was solved and written about in this follow-up post.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Awesome. What?!??!

  2. This Is The Day says:

    Hahaha, great post! I want to hear about the onion! :) I'm sure Ali's deepness makes perfect sense…to her. :) Lion…of Judah maybe? You never know what they are thinking! Today K got in the car and said I want the "So to go" song. Thankfully I was able to interpret that to me, "Press on for the glory" song. :)

  3. I wonder if you'll ever find out what she meant by that???

  4. Kitty Engle says:

    I too want to know the onion story. And what she meant too.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    You don't know what the lion of my skirt means!? Wow. You's got some learnin' to do!

  6. Christen says:

    Too funny…I'd love to have an interpreter for that one! If Ali is ever able to explain the meaning, please share it with us!

  7. blueviolet says:

    That just had me rolling, Rachel!

  8. Wade's World says:

    Too funny! I love how kids can get so emphatic with what they are saying, despite the fact that it makes no sense. I'm sure in her mind you were an idiot for not getting it!

    And you must share the onion story.

  9. ordinarilyextraordinary.com says:

    That is so funny although I have no idea how to interpret either. :) Lion of my heart maybe? And now I'd like to hear about the onion too!

  10. What did they study in Sunday school/children's church yesterday? That might help you figure it out….I often don't figure out what Jack says (at all) until days/weeks/months later…

  11. Jackamo says:

    Hmmm…I'm at a loss. I'll ask Ethan. Maybe he's Ali's magical interpreter. I just asked. He said, "It means Lion the King!" I asked, "What about the skirt part?" He said, "Yep." Well now. It is all just as clear as can be.

  12. Huh? Maybe it's something like, you are the apple of my eye… he's the lion… of her… skirt???

    Bring on the chastity onion.

  13. Will never forget the onion night! It was a classic!!

  14. Stephanie says:

    What's the Onion of Purity?

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