Sometimes, as parents, we avoid telling our young children the truth. We don't explain things the way we should or don't show how we really feel simply because we think they are incapable of comprehending. But the fact is, they do feel...they do understand...and so much more than we give them credit for.
While having dinner last night, I overheard this conversation between my daughter and youngest son.
Missy: "If you had one wish, what would it be?"
Matthew: "I'll wish Mama's mom back."
Matthew: "Because that would make Mama happy."
How sensitive is my son to my feelings. Oftentimes, I even think that, at his tender age of 8, he knows me even deeper than most people do. I thanked him for what he wished for but quickly added that I did not desire for his Lola to come back. If she does, I told him, she'd only get sick again and I do not want that. She is much better off staying in heaven...
Mom and Matthew in 2005