Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The compassion of the young

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My father-in-law died on Sunday. I had taken my daughter out for the afternoon and when we got home, my husband told me the news. My daughter had only met her grandpa once when she was maybe two years old because they live in Florida and we're in Washington. Basically, she has no memory of the man. But we sat her down to tell her what had happened. Then my sweet little 6 year old girl gave her daddy a long hug and told him, "I'm sorry your daddy died." She sat there and comforted him. It was enough to melt this mommy's heart. What I learned this week was that my daughter is more compassionate than I knew. She's always been caring, but in this act, I saw a Gift. Having her as a daughter makes me truly blessed.

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13 comments:

Julie From Inmates said...

So sorry about your FIL. Sounds like you have a really, sweet kiddo. =) Kids are GREAT!!!!

Courtney said...

I am so sorry for your loss, but glad you all found comfort from your little girl!

Emily B said...

Sweet girl. Those moments are precious, aren't they? I'm sorry for your loss.

Helen said...

Your little girl was very sweet.

Lindsay said...

awww such a sweet compassionate daughter you have!

Jaime (ChaseNKids) said...

Oh my gosh...what a sweetheart of a daughter you have! It brought tears to my eyes.

Darcie - Such The Spot said...

So sorry about your family's loss Wendy. But what a little sweetie you have. Definitely a gift.

Terra said...

Oh that melted my heart too.

Tiffany said...

I almost cried at that story! Hope your family is doing okay in the midst of this hard time.

fortyb4forty said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss, your daughter sounds so kind and thoughtful.

JanMary said...

Sorry to hear of your family's loss.

Something similar happened when my mother-in-law died.

My eldest was just 4, and my husband had a wee chat, and told her what had happened. My mother-in-law visited regularly, so my daughter knew her well. She listened intently, and hugged her Dad. Then she came in to me and said "I am worried about Dad - he is so sad".

Musings of a Housewife said...

I'm sorry to hear about your fil. And you're right -- your daughter has unusual compassion and empathy for one so young.

number17cherrytreelane said...

You should be so proud that you have taught your daughter the compassion of the Lord.