Sunday, January 27, 2008

Penguins and Tears

Tonight was Family Night, and we watched March of the Penguins with the kids. It was good. And sad. And happy.

"Okay, kids! Up to bed!" The boys hopped up and ran off, but Brit just remained with her head in my lap.

I heard a sniff.

"Brit?"
No answer.
"Brit? Are you crying?"
The sobs started and her whole body quaked with emotion.

After a while she rose and went upstairs.

A few minutes later found me sitting on the side of her bed, pulling back her blanket to reveal a tear soaked face upon her pillow.

"Sister Bear, what was so sad? Was it the movie?"
"Yes."
"But why was it so sad?"
"The baby penguins died."
"I know some did, but there were lots that lived, too."
"But they died."
"But if the big penguins never took that trip, we wouldn't have any penguins at all. Don't you think it's better to have lots of penguins and lose a few than to have no penguins at all?"
"But why didn't the big penguins protect the little ones that died?"

More tears.

"Brit, I know it's sad. It IS. But, parts of it were happy, too. Happy and sad go together. You can't have one without the other. If we didn't have sad we wouldn't ever truly have happy."

The tears slowly stopped.

I realized my words transcended penguins.

"It's not bad that you're crying. It's good. It means you have a tender heart."
"What's a tender heart?"
"It's when you're heart is sensitive to things that are going on around you."
"What does that mean?"
"It means that you'll be able to tell when someone is hurting and you'll want to help them, which is good."
"Really?"
"Yes. Do you know who else has a tender heart?"
"Who?"
"Your mother."

Finally, a smile.
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7 Comments:

Kat said...
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Kat said...

Very sweet!

Cortney said...

This made me completely tear up! You have such a sweet, wonderful little girl and I am glad that she has such a sweet, wonderful momma to help her make sense of things!

Brandi said...

'Sister Bear' will make a good 'Mama Bear', I mean she has the best example.

Good Bless her Heart!

MomOfDudes said...

Sweet Little Sister Bear.With her Mother's heart.

Note to Momma Bear, No watching Brother Bear or Jacques Cousteau. I used to hate it when the little animals used to die and the photographer didnt save them!!!

*emmy said...

Jesus had a tender heart too.

What a sweet little girl. Give Brit a hug from me and don't let her forget who I am. I love her! So tender.

Anonymous said...

I cried when I watched it too. In fact, I really can't watch movies about little babies dying, now that I have a little baby. I can't even watch the nature shows where the impala gets eaten- especially if its a baby impala. Going soft.

C