Big E's ears immediately perked up.
WHAT ARE THEY FIGHTING ABOUT? ARE THEY AT WAR?
I always try to answer his questions honestly, but without scaring him. I explained that two different religions were fighting over their Holy Land, which included Jerusalem. I skipped the part about the recent kidnappings and subsequent retaliation by fire.
Big E knows a little about Israel thanks to his jewish preschool, Sunday school, and PJ Library collection. He let my explanation simmer for a few minutes. And then, he came up with a simple solution.
MOM, WHY DON'T THEY JUST PLAY A GAME TO DECIDE WHO GETS THE LAND?
I smiled at his innocence. If he only knew the complexity of the situation.
THEY COULD RUN A RACE OR PLAY BLACKJACK!
Forget John Kerry. Send my kid over there and double down.