In memory of the little ones lost yesterday, a story from another week with the monkeys:
The boys were building a structure out of blocks. They were building it for me and didn’t want me to see it until it was completed.
They would yell out, “MISS ELLI…… DON’T LOOK!”
After a few times of this, one of the boys said,” she already saw it.”
The other boys claimed desperately that I had NOT seen it!
“Yes she did. Girls have eyes in the back of their heads. She already saw it.”
“No they don’t.”
“Yeeaaaah! Miss Elli, do girls have eyes in the back of their heads?”
“TRUE! That is true.”
“SEE! Girls have eyes in the back of their heads.”
Ha! Momma taught this boy well.
There’s not much more to say about yesterday. It’s truly heart wrenching. In so many ways.
If you don’t spend time with kids daily, you may not know, or may forget, how these are some of the funniest, most refreshing, life-giving humans on earth. They are smart. They hear everything, and yes–they understand what you said. You think you are workin’ them, but really they are workin’ you most of the time. They are simple and straight forward.
Parents will have it the worst. It’s their voices and mannerisms, the faces they make that they’ll miss the most. It’s their jokes and the way they snuggle against your body for comfort. It’s what you know would have upset them–when they would have thrown a tantrum. Or watching their friends grow up, always imagining what your kid would have been like in that group.
The pain will never be gone. Each new event or milestone will bring about the tragic reality of an absent loved one.
What we can do now, is cherish, value, respect, and enjoy the young ones.
May the God of peace be with those suffering.