Hello, Chit Chatters. To you Parents, Mothers, daughters, siblings. Ask yourself this one little question. Would a 5-year-old say this? Well, I’ll answer for you. Apparently, they do. For the first time since the pandemic my daughter and my son-in-law were able to get out of town and go to a wedding. I went to stay with my twin granddaughters for a few days so they could attend it. This would also be the first time that my granddaughters would not be seeing their parents for more than 24 hours. However, before leaving, my daughter made sure that my grandchildren had all the snacks that they liked. So here we are enjoying an evening snack and out of the mouth of babe comes something that you just would not expect from a 5-year-old. So calmly, so appreciative, so caring, so loving, and Sooooo unexpected, one of them says, “My mommy bought me this”, talking about the Ice Cream Sandwich she was eating. And with the sweetest little smile on her face, she added, “We’re so lucky to have her”. I looked at her. I smiled and then agreed with her, “You sure are”, I said. Wow, I thought. She really said that, and she meant it from her whole heart. What an honor to my daughter to have this said of her from her 5-year-old daughter. This reminds us that our children are watching and listening, have feelings and thoughts, and at any given time or moment, what they are feeling and what they are thinking might come out. The significance of her feelings for her mother, my daughter, and the fact that she was able to express it in that manner, was something more precious than anything I could imagine at that moment.
Children really do say the darndest things and we are so lucky to have them!
(Illustration by Avionne Akanbi)