Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I leave you to discuss this
However ... I leave you with this as a matter of discussion:
Would you have told her?
I was listening to our local AM station this morning like I do every morning. This morning, however, there was sad news. Our police dog, Flip, was shot and killed after he had wandered away from his owner's/fellow police officer's house. The neighbor who shot and killed him admitted that the dog was showing no signs of aggression.
Flip had made appearances at our local program called Safety Town. My kids loved him, as did all of the kids.
I wasn't going to tell Queen Bee of Flip's demise.
But guess who walked back here about 20 minutes ago, tears streaming down her face, clutching the picture of Flip that she had cut out of this morning's newspaper?
I called Ace back here, who informed me that Queen saw the picture and inquired as to why Flip was on the front page. So he told her.
She is eight. And she is sensitive. She will look at someone and start crying.
I told him that I wasn't going to tell her at all but when faced with having to tell her, I told him he could have lied and said Flip won an award.
But that is lying. Right? And we don't want to teach our kids to lie.
However, it isn't like the dog was hit and killed by a car. He was shot and killed.
So ... what would you have done?
I can't believe that I am sitting her admitting that I want to shield my child from the harsh realities of this world. I remember clucking my tongue when my sister told me that they hadn't told my niece that her grandfather had passed away until the DAY of the funeral. My niece was 13 at the time.
So.. some fodder for discussion until I return. Have a great Thanksgiving, Y'all!
I'm a mom of three peeps ... Queen Bee, The Door Man, and the Chandelier Monkey, and wife to Ace, the Helpful Hardware Man. I created this space to get away from the people known as my inlaws, and because life with three kids and a hubby is all Unexplored Territory.
Why I feel the need ....