Who thought kids could be deeply philosophical without even realizing that they are being so?
It was a nice calm evening, neither too warm not too cold, the kind that warrants sitting out in the patio and reading a book.
My younger child is clingy, has always been. She would rather follow me all around the house than sit and play with her dolls. There have been occasions when people wondered if she had developmental issues with walking since she was always seen attached to her mother’s hip, literally. Experts in the field believe that once a child learns to walk, there is no stopping her. She is like the bird who suddenly discovered the use of her wings and can’t stop flying. Mine defied the experts by refusing to explore. All the steps she took would lead her back to me. And so, I do not find it strange at all that it was with my 4 year old that I had this conversation and not the 8 year old who probably never gave it a second thought, once her prayers were answered!
Going back to that evening, we sat facing each other, me in a comfortable green arm chair and my baby in her pink Dora chair, while I read to her. Her big sister was reading too but chose to remain indoors.
“Where is Didi?” the younger one interrupts.
“She is upstairs, inside the house.”
“What is she doing?”
“She is reading a book.”
“Why isn’t she reading outside with us?"
“She wants to be by herself.”
“Is she alone upstairs?”
“Does she like to be lonely?” (She automatically made the connection alone = lonely).
“Only sometimes? Not all the time?”
“Yea, only sometimes, not all the time.”
“Does she want someone after sometime?”
“I guess so!”
“Was she lonely before I was here” (‘here’ as in on this earth).
“Yes, she was.”
“Did she miss me? Did she want me to come because she did not want to be alone?”
“Yes sweetie, she really really wanted you to be with her. She missed you and prayed every day for a little sister.”
“She missed me!!! (A bright smile on her little face as she repeats after me).”
“Maybe I should not leave her alone right now, she might be missing me”. She ran off inside leaving me to finish her book.