Allow me to set the scene. Madeline and I are driving home from her swim class. We’re playing “the color game” (I spy). Suddenly, she stops playing and gets real quiet. Then I hear her whisper, in the saddest voice I’ve ever heard…
“Mom, what do you do when your heart is broke?”
(and if that doesn’t just make your heart hurt then I don’t know what will)
“Baby, why are you asking about that? Is your heart broken?”
“I think it is, because a broken heart happens when the people you love go away and you don’t know when you’ll see them again. And I miss my dad and Emmett and it feels like my heart broke.”
Well, good golly miss Molly, what do you even say to that?!?
After assuring her that it’s ok to be sad and to miss people, but we’d see them both again this afternoon, she proceeded to ask some more questions like:
“What do you do when you’re sad?”
“What can you do when you’re worried? Like how I’m worried that it will be so long before I see them again?”
We had a long talk about how we all get sad sometimes, and how you can miss someone but still have fun without them. We decided to do something fun today so we can tell Dad and Emmett all about it when they get home. And then we stopped for candy, because…come on.
She may be little, but she’s got some big feelings.