It’s funny—and quite frankly beautiful—how kids know exactly what you need, sometimes better than you do. We tutor our nephew a couple of nights each week. Today, after he came in and got settled, my partner began working with him so I went to another room to get some work done.
When he was done with his homework, he came into the room and asked if I would come with them for a walk so he could practice his spelling. I felt drained. I had just received the news that my friend’s father had passed away this morning and the sadness was heavy. It’s like he sensed that I needed to get out in nature to reboot.
I took one look at his sweet blue eyes and those freckles, and melted. “Sure,” I said. And he exclaimed, “Yay!” and gave me the biggest hug.
The walk definitely did me some good. It felt like I could breathe again. I’ve lost one parent, but this is the second for my friend, and the enormity of that compounded by the fact that she’s an only child, just hit me like a ton of bricks.
But I was grateful to be walking outside, with loved ones, taking in a perfect evening. It made the world seem alright again. Even if only just for a little while.
I’m sure I could just as easily have taken a walk by myself or with my partner, but it just didn’t occur to me. But I feel like he knew that that was exactly what I needed. And it was. Kids are so much wiser than we give them credit for. We need to listen to them more. I feel like they understand what it means to really live.