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What's the Answer? HALFWAY DOWN
June 20, 2019
It is challenging when we are asked a question about death by a young child.
What is death?
Where do people go?
Are they in the sky?
Will I go there?
Why do we bury people?
You probably have a list of questions you have been asked by your children, grandchildren or little friends. It is always a quandary for me of how much to answer. Children want answers, not dissertations!
I read a lovely article recently by a dad who was asked the death questions by his 5 year old daughter. Being an intelligent man, he called his mom, a retired educator.
She suggested A.A.Milne's poem, Halfway Down. It is in When We Were Very Young. Having grown up on Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin I looked it up. It describes the middle spot we go to think, feel safe, a nice place to rest while we figure out what the answer is to these deep questions we get asked and ask ourselves.