Elsie hands me the book, snuggles up and I start reading.
It's one of her bible stories for kids. We are looking at a picture of a group of people including Noah, who is about to start building the ark, on God's instruction. She stops me. 'Where's God?' I hesitate. 'God isn't one of those people. You can't see God.'
'Er, well Elsie. Some people believe that God is, er, well not a person, but a being...'
'What's that? A being?'
I am so ill prepared for this conversation. I try a different approach.
'Do they talk about God at your school? Do they talk about Dieu?'
Elsie thinks. 'It's like "Mon Dieu"!' She says. 'Yes' I nod, 'Mon Dieu means My God.'
'Mon Dieu!' she shouts, triumphantly. 'Tu ne peux pas faire ca !'