Parenthood is not easy! Every day you age as a parent is a humbling experience. Not only does the respect for your parents increase by leaps and bounds, but also your experience in explaining complex concepts in simple words.
A few weeks back, I woke up in the middle of the night after a disturbing dream. The subject of the dream was a permanent loss involving my daughter. In the ensuing disorientation, I managed to write a short email to my wife asking if all is well.
When I woke up next day, my wife had replied. There was nothing to worry. When I called home that evening, my daughter was excited.
She: What happened yesterday?
Me: *confused as I had forgotten about the dream by now* I came back from office, ate dinner and slept.
She: *uninterested* That’s all?
Me: *unsure where this is leading to* Yes…
She: *excited* Did you write to mom? Did you dream about me?
She: Tell me about it.
I was taken aback for a moment. I had no idea how to explain the dream. Is she old enough to hear what I have to say? After an uncomfortable pause, I composed myself.
Me: You went away to a far away place. I was searching you everywhere. I couldn’t find you and was very sad.
Me: *unsure what is happening*
She: *laughing* I’m a small girl. How can I go away alone?
Didn’t I tell you it is a humbling experience?
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