A Good Night Conversation


I hope you don’t die
he said to me
as I gave him a kiss good night.
I had just told him how much I love him
and how glad I am
that he is my little boy…
Everyone will die, sweetheart,
and this is why we should love each other
as much as we can
and treasure every moment we have together.
We never know what will happen,
so we have to love and enjoy one another now.
He is four years old.
I don’t know how much he understands,
but perhaps after a few years of thinking about it,
he’ll grasp how there are no guarantees for tomorrow,
and how important it is to love with his whole heart today.

9 responses »

    • Thank you Trini. It’s been important to me to tell my kids the truth but in a way that helps them stay open to life rather than fear it. Too much goes unspoken or gets sugarcoated because I think a lot of people are uncomfortable with the subjects that feel heavy…but I’m grateful to be able to share objectively…this is what happens…and not make such a huge deal about it.

      • Yes, that’s true. Even though, when children come up with their own answers I’ve always encouraged that. Like a little 4 year old boy told me after his granny died that she was now a beaver in heaven because beaver was her favorite animal and when you arrive in Heaven God turns you into your favorite animal! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„. That, I thought, was a great theory!

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