Conversations in the Kitchen

Emmy follows me around the kitchen. “Mommy, where is my Santa Claus?”

“Your what?” It’s March. Why is she looking for Santa Claus?

“Mommy, I want my Santa Claus!” Emmy insisted. I racked my brain to figure out what she was talking about. It finally dawned on me that over the weekend, Ed had bought Emmy her own dental floss.

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As you can imagine, two and a half year old Emmy is struggling to wrap her head around Grandma being gone. “Grandma is sick,” she’ll often say. “When will Grandma get better?”

Lily, in her wise old age of five, will answer Emmy with an answer she’s heard me give: “Grandma’s all better now because she’s in heaven.”

“Mommy, don’t die.” Emmy says as I look at her.

“Mommy, how old will you be when you die?” follows up Lily in this unsettling conversation I am having with my children.

“One hundred!” I exclaim.

“Why, Mom?”

“Because I would miss you too much to die.”

Lily reprimands me, saying, “Heaven is magical, Mommy. People don’t miss each other when they are in heaven.”

Heaven has no time, my mother once told me. She believed that once you got to Heaven, you wouldn’t feel like you were waiting for your loved ones to join you.

How did Lily know?

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7 Replies to “Conversations in the Kitchen”

  1. Children have an uncanny knack for listening when we least expect it and spouting that wisdom when we need it most.Over from SITS. Have a great day.

  2. Both of your girls sound perfectly innocent and sweet. Wishing you all the best.Visiting from SITS!

  3. Hi Ginny! I just wanted to thank you for your sweet post (by the way… your little Emmy is just too adorable!) The Coffee Shop will stay open! YAY! … I am looking forward to seeing the pics of your cup of coffee!!! :DHugs!Paloma.

  4. Sometimes I struggle to understand my youngest too, what sounds like one thing is something completely different. And he gets so frustrated too! He'll shout at me until I finally get it.It's amazing though, how wise your daughter seems. Perfectly sweet.

  5. Awww. I about cried. My children, last year, witnessed several near-deaths of their family members- As my children are always with me, and I was the one to call 911 in all the incidents, they saw a lot of things. My children are going through this too. It's heart breaking. I wish they didn't have to think of it.

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