It’s amazing how kids are able to cut right to the heart of the issue and tell the truth, isn’t it? Working with kids and their families for most of my life, I’ve always known this to be the case. It’s why being around kids after heartache can be so difficult. When they know you are hurting, kids are at their best. They are so sincere.
When Brian went back to work, just a few days after we said goodbye to Elise, his students (who understood the basics of the situation) came up to him and said, “That’s not fair!” and “She can’t do that!” Ughhhhh. – How do you remain cool, calm, and diplomatic to a ten-year old when you really just want to say, “You’re absolutely right. It ISN’T fair.” I’m not sure I would have been able to handle that so soon after such a difficult time. My husband is a champ though – always consoling those who are trying to console him.
I got this card awhile back. Oh man, this one got me good. I bawled. So sweet though, truly.
And then there was this one. I don’t think I was quite ready for this message at the time I received it. I was still in a cloudy place. But seriously – how much wisdom does this little girl have? We can learn so much from kids.
This last week or so, I’ve definitely been feeling more of the sun. I still have my moments, for sure. I’ve been known to break down crying in public establishments (like, a LOT of public establishments) in the past 5 weeks. But I’ve also caught myself laughing on more than one occasion. Which is progress.
This card is a good reminder. I’m still remembering Elise. Every day I think of her and wonder how she’s doing and how much she’s grown and what her life will be like. I’m trying to think of all of these things, while still making my life sunny.
Sometimes the best advice in life comes from a 10-year-old. We just have to be smart enough to take it.