The Littlest Ones
Our kids. Our sweet, precious children. They are seven, five, and two years old. A firstborn green eyed son then two curly haired, blue eyed girls. They know “Daddy doesn’t feel well” and we’re leaving it at that for now. It’s what is recommended by psychologists (we have consulted more than one) and it’s what right for our family where we’re at today and in the near future. We have noticed our kids being pensive and quiet a few times this week, which rarely happens if you know our kids. We have jumped at the chance to ask them if they’re okay because we’re hypersensitive right now.
Here are the “intense” emotions our kids are wrestling with right now:
On Saturday, while heading to a birthday party, our son was tearing up in the car. When I asked him if he wanted to talk, he said yes. His big dilemma? He really wanted to bring chips to his friend’s party but didn’t know what his friend’s favorite kind were.
The next day – same look. Bracing myself for the hard questions, I sat him down again, “What is it, Son? What’s on your mind?” He was trying to figure out who was bigger and stronger – Mr. Thibodeau or Mr. Thomas, both of whom are friends from our church.
The most recent “incident” happened with our middle daughter. She became very quiet on the way to preschool. Breathing deeply and holding back tears, I ask her to share what was on her heart. Turns out, she had decided what she wants to name her future children. For the record, it’s Joey, Pete, Snow White, and Baby August.
These are the thoughts that keep their minds churning. And their happiness is so, so pure. We let them have some soda the other day (a rare treat) and our son said it was literally the best day of his life. I could only dream for a soda to be the cure-all for my day or life!
Now we know why Jesus had a crazy soft spot for children. Their innocence is priceless. In the book of Mark, He says, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” In Matthew, He says, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Think of the children in your life – your own, your family, your friends. They are watching you. They should never, ever have to wonder if they were loved. There will be times when children will need to be given information that is difficult to process. Until then, we’re going to figure out who is stronger – Mr. Thibodeau or Mr. Thomas.