For various reasons that are unrelated to this story--just know that I had gone on this really sweet (and much needed bonding time after a bad week) walk with my kids and the subject of elderly people being sick came up. So, in my maturity and wisdom, I explained to the kids that when all of us get old our bodies don’t work as well. But the great thing is that when our bodies stop working and die we get to be with Jesus in Heaven.
All was well with the world, and my children practically glowed from their new insight and understanding. No one got freaked out and no one started asking about when they would die or any of the common rabbit trails of fear that sometimes happen when this subject is broached. Chalk it up to a mommy win!! I’m so good at these deep talk things, dang.
Immediately after our walk we went to the grocery store because we were all in such great moods. And what more could you want to do when your family is in perfect harmony then put it all to the test by a three-kids-to-one-parent shopping trip?
Just as we turn a corner by the orange juice a sweet older woman pushed her cart past ours.
“Mom, that’s an old one!”
“What?! No, sweetie--”
“That means she is gonna die.”
And there it is. Why experience a private fail on a small scale during our walk? No, public humiliation at the cost of the sweet old lady is much better.
Step right up folks, parenting classes coming soon.