What Do Kids Know?

 

Lincoln

Lincoln

A couple of days ago I was playing with Lincoln, my 2-year-old grandson. We were taking turns shooting things with a plastic gun (OK don’t judge me, it was fun). Once when I had the gun, Lincoln said, “There’s Grandpa! Shoot Grandpa!” as he excitedly pointed to a place in the family room. Honestly, I didn’t think Lincoln ever really thought about Steve anymore, even though they saw each other every day for all of Lincoln’s short life. So it made me wonder, did he really see Steve in the room?
The next day Lincoln and his 4-year-old brother Storm

Storm

Storm

came up to my bedroom, the room where Steve spent his last months. We were talking about something else when Storm suddenly said, “Grandpa died.”
I said, “Yes he did.”
Storm said, “Yeah he died but he still takes care of us. He is watching us.”
I agreed with him and he changed the subject and went about playing.
Both boys made these statements with nonchalance and confidence. It made me wonder what children know, and why we adults don’t seem to be as in tune to spiritual matters as our little guys are. I sure appreciated their insights, and their calm acceptance that Grandpa is still in our midst. I think adults want to become wise as they grow older, but I’m thinking that we were wise when we were children, and we long to return to that way of being.

6 thoughts on “What Do Kids Know?

  1. Hey Spike, Thinking of you. Wish I had known your husband. If you loved him he must have been great. Your little ones sound wonderful. I’m not full of wisdom, or have do I have great things to proclaim, but I hold on to the hope that our loved ones are near. I know that I still hear my Daddy say “Sister turn off that light”. He’s been gone for 23 years this June. I love you Glenda. Love Susie

    • So good to hear from you Susie. I can’t believe it’s been 23 years since Uncle Joe passes away! Time just marches on. Thanks for your message. I have to disagree though and say that you are full of wisdom. I was going to come to Arizona to see you this month but my plans have changed. I’ll have to find a way, because I’d love to see you.

      • That would be wonderful. Hope it will be soon. If we can I could let Iva know and maybe she can come up from Mexico. Remember Gold Rush Days? Well it is this weekend. The town is already full, and it’s not to start until Friday. Lots of money for the town.
        Let me know when you can come. Love you Glenda, Susie

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