Feeling emotional just after her birthday I told little T. “Where has my little baby gone?” And gave her an exaggerated sad face. For more dramatic effect, I added “My baby is gone!” Gave her another woebegone expression and repeated … My baby is gone! Ended it with wailing sounds, giving Meryl Streep a run for her money and awards. Then I turned to T and said “Instead … I have a little girl now!
T sighed and looked at me in the eye “But mum, if you didn’t have me. You’d be sadder”, she said matter-of-factly. Wise words indeed. Wasn’t it Antoine de Saint-Exupéry author of the much loved children’s book Little Prince who said:
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
T must have been thinking just that by the look on her face and the tone of her voice. Today, my ever-so wise child goes back to school as a Year 2 student.
Does your child seem too wise for their age too?