Me: Two smothered in tomatillo sauce and one naked.
Hank: I like mine naked so I can eat it with my hands.
Me: Valid point.
Pai: Bom apetite!
Hank: How was your day, mama?
Me: Full and good and productive and active and just lovely, thank you. OH, and as it turns out Hank, you aren’t the only person who had the Great Lisbon Earthquake on the brain during feriado (holiday) yesterday.
Pai: Oh yah, I forgot that was on the same day.
Hank: We don’t go to church so I thought the day off was for the Earthquake, because it happened on November 1, 1755, but my teacher, she goes to church and she said it is a day off so everyone can go to the cemetery and honor their family. Which is nice, too.
Me: Gail* wrote a whole blog about Dia dos Santos (All Saints Day) and the Great Lisbon Earthquake and I learned that apparently the earthquake struck while most of Lisbon was attending Mass and great numbers of people thought that God had sent the earthquake to punish the city and smite the wicked.
Pai: Makes sense, playing on superstitions.
Hank: (putting down his burrito, serious) God wouldn’t do that. God has nothing to do with the earth’s tectonic plates rubbing against each other. That is how our planet evolved and how it all sticks together with gravity and orbits and stuff. He can’t control that. You can’t get that far into the center of the earth and under the sea. If he could then he would stop them from shifting and causing earthquakes at all. He wouldn’t hurt people on purpose. God is a teacher and teachers don’t hurt people, they help people know what to do when bad things happen and how to be good people always and how to be their best person and how to love and help people on their next journey after they die. Why would people think that?
Pai: Because not everyone is as wise as you.
*Gail Aguiar is a Canadian Freelance Photographer and a Blogger and our friend who lives in Porto and shares the most stunning images and ideas of life in Portugal and her travels at large. Please take the time to visit her blog: www.gailatlarge.com