I was a child unaware of immortality or souls. Sat through the Sunday sermons while the priest said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was, and who is to come. The Almighty.”
I sensed immortality as the same priest also said, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
The next day I went to watch a movie. An intense fighting scene and the hero died. I cried, for he looked charming. The very next day I watched him on the T.V set. “Mom, he is alive. He died yesterday.” I yelled and thought of Easter and resurrection.
But my mom said, “He was acting. He is an actor. He is alive.” But still I argued with no facts by my side. And my mom emphasized on the word…acting. So, I thought actors act and don’t die.
Rats found their new home with us so rat traps were set to hunt them down. One day, I saw a dead rat and he didn’t jump back to life so it was clear that life was mortal for everyone.
Age didn’t matter much for a school girl. The fact was death would come.