We are walking down the street hand in hand, my princess and I. She chatters along about a loose tooth, an upcoming school trip and what we are going to have for dinner. And then, all of a sudden, comes the question: – “What is a nuclear bomb, Imma???”
Oh, the things a six year old has to deal with! My heart is crying for the fact that she even knows to ask the question, while my mind desperately is trying to think of an answer that will be true but at the same time on a level that a six year old can handle. Of course the whole thing is complicated by the relevance of the question!!
– “It is a very big bomb…” I say in as calming and matter-of-factly way that I possibly can. – “But what does it do? How does it work?” she continues. – “It destroys. A lot.” I answer. Then comes the question that everything stands and falls on for her: – “Does it even destroy a bomb-shelter???” – “No, the bomb-shelters are strong. They won´t be destroyed by a nuclear bomb.” I assure her, and leave it at that, hoping it is true.
And then it´s all OK for her. For now. Until the next question arrises. Until she picks up another little thing from overhearing a bit of news or a conversation or something.
Oh, I pray that we as parents may have real wisdom to answer the questions our children ask us! May we be able to convey a peace of heart that they can make their own! Actually, – May they always keep their enormous trust in the God of Israel, who neither slumbers nor sleeps! I guess, the truth is, we grownups probably have a lot to learn from the children! May we have the type of faith our children have!
Hine lo yanum, ve lo yishan, – Shomer Yisrael!