Thursday, 13 November 2008
Guest post submitted by impossibleangles
Driving home from the grocery store, my four year-old girl asked me, "Why did you get married, have babies, but not bring them to the doctor to be killed?" She couldn't have known that her question would sucker punch me. She couldn't have known how close to home she hit as this memory flooded my brain. I was thankful I had driving to concentrate on or I wouldn't have been able to stop the rushing tide of my sorrow.
I probed for more info as to why she'd ask that. She had heard my conversation with my 9 year-old son, who, thanks to his tuning into the election, wanted to know about abortion, gay rights, the economy, and other hot-button issues. So, I told him everything, unaware that Elise's ears were extremely attentive and that she would later put together some pieces of our conversation puzzle.
I still hadn't given her a response as I examined everything I could have told her. Finally, I decided to answer simply with, "Because I love you guys and I love your dad."
"Good," she replied, smiling thoughtfully. "Because I didn't want to be killed."
Has any of your kids asked a question that hit too close to home or was about a hot-button issue?