We're bringing the girls up not so much without a religion but with a dabble of this and a sniff of that as we follow each of the Japanese religious holidays- Buddhist and Shinto- and the Christian ones too. And we attend the annual events of a group of missionaries a couple of towns over. So the girls vaguely know about Jesus and the meaning of Christmas and Easter etc without really understanding it very deeply.
English is also definitely Meg's second language. She's pretty good but not native level. I'm the only one who speaks English to her on a regular basis afterall.
All this is the preamble to a conversation I overheard today. Meg and one of the missionaries were chatting over lunch:
Mis: Isn't it nice and sunny, today.
Meg: Amy thought it was going to rain. That's why she wore gumboots.
Mis: We thought it might rain, too. Weren't we lucky?
Mis: But we prayed for sunshine.
Meg: I prayed for rain. I like praying for rain.
Me (jumping in quickly): Meg, you played in the rain. You like playing in the rain.
Phew..... this bilingual, bicultural parenting thing is hard work!