On Friday, as we got off the GO Train and were walking to our respective places of employment, Barbie, another train friend and myself were discussing office Christmas functions. During this discussion it was mentioned how last year Barbie’s brother had attended the play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at Stage West. We talked about how Barbie’s brother had to have it explained to him that there were two Joseph’s in the Bible – Joseph, with his coat of many colours, and Joseph, Jesus’ dad. I never mentioned Joseph of Arimathea to him to save on the confusion of a third Joseph.
At this point Barbie explained, “I went to nursery school once, but told my mom that it was silly and I saw no point in colouring in apples.”
I looked over at Barbie and asked, “Nursery school? Are you sure it wasn’t Sunday school?”
“Oh yeah, it was Sunday school”, Barbie said. “But both were held in the church. Anyways I still think colouring an apple was stupid.”
“Well, the colouring of the apple would have been the simple lead in for the story of the Eve, the apple and how she tricked…”
Barbie interrupted here with one of her outstanding Barbie-isms “Oh, Johnny Appleseed right?”
“WHAT!!! Johnny Appleseed? No, Adam. The story of Adam, Eve, the serpent and the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. You know the forbidden fruit that got them kicked out of Eden?”, I retorted back.
“Um, no I don’t think I know that one”, said Barbie. “So who is Johnny Appleseed then?”
“American frontiersman. Went around the country planting apple seeds to introduce apples to America.” I told her.
“Didn’t they already have apples in America?”, she asked.
“In areas but he took it to areas that didn’t have apples.”
“Oh, so what the apple and Eve thing?”, Barbie asked.
“When God created man and woman they lived in the Garden of Eden. The devil, in the disguise of a snake, told Eve that she should take an apple from the Tree of Knowledge and feed it to Adam. Eve questioned it but the snake told her that God didn’t want them to eat the apple because it would make them Gods. They ate the apple and realized they were naked and covered up.”
“Oh this is the whole fig leaf thing right?”, Barbie asked.
“Yep. Anyways, God saw them covering up and asked why. They mentioned their nakedness ashamed them. So for violating his order God banished them from the Garden of Eden.”
“Ohhhh”, said Barbie. “So Johnny Appleseed really had nothing to do with it at all then did he?”