Wednesday, October 29, 2014
A Conversation with An Almost Six Year Old
Every year at Reece's birthday celebration I share a birthday story. In the story the child comes down to earth from heaven on the rainbow bridge to meet his parents. Reece has always enjoyed the story, but this year he really seemed to take it in a little deeper then in years past. It was interesting for me to watch his facial expressions as I told it, and the connection he made to the story when I said the child traveling down the rainbow bridge was named Reece.
I had an interesting conversation with Reece about the rainbow bridge, and was amazed, yet again, at the matter of factness of children.
Reece: Will I ever walk the rainbow bridge again?
Me: Yes, one day.
Me: When you die.
Reece (thinking for a minute): Does everyone walk the rainbow bridge?
Me: Yes, when they are born, and when they die.
Reece: Will you?
Me: Yes. And so will daddy. We will most likely walk the rainbow bridge before you, but whoever goes first will wait for the rest of our family on the other side. (I was holding back a few tears here)
Reece: Who do you think will go first?
Me: I am not sure.
Reece: I think daddy will.
And with that I smiled, with tears in my eyes. This was our first conversation about death. There was no more to say, no need to make him understand death and the finality of it. Simple questions were asked, and simple answers given.