Some problems take a long time to solve:)
Aletheia and I were talking about how some problems take a long time to solve - after tears shed over an agonizing decision (she wanted to wear a skirt but the skirt had a hole and so she also also did not want to wear the skirt). I told her that I had a problem that has taken weeks for me to solve, and that I still haven’t solved it and sometimes decisions take a long time to weigh and that it was okay if she needed time to think about it.
Of course she wanted to know my problem, so I told her I was having a hard time thinking of going on our vacation with Oma sick in the hospital. She looked at me with knowing eyes and said “Because if you go, Oma might be lonely and miss us very much. But if you don’t go, Everett and I will be so very sad about missing our trip. That is a very hard problem to solve.”. After dropping that insightful bomb in my lap she went on to choose to wear the skirt and pulled out some paper and crayons and got busy making some art. .
She brought it to me when she was finished and said, “If we go, we can leave this picture for Oma so that she knows we love her and miss her too. And maybe she won’t feel so lonely”.
My kids blow me away with how much their hearts feel things, how naturally empathetic and open they are. It’s so beautiful to watch them and I feel like I am constantly learning more and more about the nature of humans just by raising them.
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