Friday, April 30, 2010

Day 245 or Kids Say the Beautifulest Things

Remember that show "Kids Say the Darndest Things"? First, it was Art Linkletter and then it was Bill Cosby. The set-up was that children were asked seemingly innocuous questions and then the children would answer, well like... children.

I sure wish that show was still around because my children would be excellent candidates. I wish that I could remember everything cute that they say but it's impossible. But below is an example of what I would call, "Kids Say the Beautifulest Things".

As many of you know, we lost my FIL earlier this year. On a daily basis, the following conversation happens.

Daughter: Mommy, did (Grandpa) die?
Me: Yes, Baby. Where is (GP)?
D: In Heaven with the angels.
M: That's right, baby.

But this week, the following elements were added.

D: Mommy, did (GP) die?
M: Yes, Baby. Where is (GP)?
D: In Heaven with the angels. He's in the charge of the music.

On another occasion, we were in the car with my son.

D: Mommy, did (GP) die?
M: Yes Baby. Where is (GP)?
D: In Heaven with the angels.
M: That's right.
Son: Mommy, do you know who else is with (GP) and the angels?
M: Who?
S: Tuna Boy (our beloved cat that we lost in December). Tuna Boy loves to dance.

These conversations so touch my heart because we think that kids can't handle things like death. We think that they have no understanding of Heaven and then, as per usual, I learn my greatest lessons from them.

They miss their (GP) and their cat. But when they ask about them, it is never with fear or sadness but with the innocence of a child learning to understand why something he/she loves is no longer with them. My daughter asks the questions EVERY day with the same freshness but each time, her answer is a little more resolved. If only I could be that way in my life with much smaller things, much less on something as profound as death.

Before, I fog up my screen with my mistiness at my own children, I will close with one last observation from my daughter. I think it says it all.

D: Mommy, is (GP) in my heart?
M: Yes, Baby. He will always be in your heart.
D: Is he in your heart?
M: Yes, Baby. Whenever we love someone, they are always in our heart.
D: Oh.... Am I in your heart?
M: Of course.
D: Okay. You're in my heart, too.


Betty Manousos said...

Touching post, Traci. Love it!
Ans your daughter is so adorable!
Hope you have a fantastic weekend!
B xx

Claudya Martinez said...

Traci, you are in my heart.

One Photo said...

Oh you definitely have your groove back and going on - great post today! I love the things your little girl says, and that last piece about being in each other's hearts? Priceless!

Holly Lefevre said...

That could be kids say the sweetest things. Kids are pretty amaizing little creatures who have a special way of handling life.

Connie said...

What a sweet baby! As mine get older...they are saying the most amazing things. I love it!

Happy Sunday!

Unknown said...

Oh Traci...this post brought tears to my eyes...

Mandee said...

Those are great!
My boys are always questioning things like this too. I just love the way their little minds work. :)

Tiffany said...

Kids...they so make life worth living!!

Yankee Girl said...

That is so sweet. Kids can definitely make any situation better and warm hearts without even realizing they are doing so.

Unknown said...

Oh Traci! I'm all misty-eyed reading this...I love that GP is with Tuna Boy. How sweet!

One of my daughters just told me that I'm the best "laundry doer." Deep thoughts by Izzy. LOL

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Out of the mouths of babes. What a touching post.

Stacey said...

That brought tears to my eyes. I love the simple understanding of children.

Tired Mom T├ęsa said...

That is so touching. I love their additions to each question. It must be hard to hear the questions every day, but it's good that they are handling it well. I hope you are too.