Wednesday, March 16, 2011

On Tragedy

Jadyn: Does everybody die, Mommy?
Me: Yes, Jadyn. It's the cycle of life.
Jadyn: So God puts us here, and after a long time we die? That's like a long game with people.
Me: You mean us being here, being born and living on earth?
Jadyn: Yeah. It's like God playing a long game that goes on our whole life.


As we watched the tragedy unfolding in Japan, and saw stories of heartwrenching sadness, Jadyn continued to question me. I spoke simply, explaining the disaster as calmly and plainly as I could. She talked and talked, questioned and questioned, trying to understand nature and its sometime savage ways, and how people attempting escape are sometimes unsuccessful.
She was riveted and intent.
And finally, decided: I wish those people could be dead for only one minute, and then come back.
Out of the mouth of a six year old, comes a solution we wish, oh don't we wish, could only be true.

I didn't set out to post on this today, but Jadyn's remarks have stayed with me all week, and made me think about who she is becoming. My wild card, my free spirit. What hides behind those seeking eyes? That independent, impudent smirk? And I am beginning to see, her heart is in the right place, and that is a beautiful thing.


  1. Out of the mouths of babes....
    The Japan disaster had me in a depression for a couple of days.
    When those kinds of {natural} disasters really does make you think...and think...and think...
    Jadyn too, no? {thinkers}

  2. it is a beautiful thing. and that you are patient with her inquiries and allow her mind to go into wonderment and awe, asking questions without reprimand - that's a gift you give her. when I was a child I was so inquisitive and I don't recall my own mother being so patient with me! especially about things that have no answers. I enjoy this post - it's thoughtful and will stay with me for awhile. have a great day Bethany.


Put it right here, babe!