Dominic has really been missing his friend Marissa. But in true child form, he is also enjoying life. His grief shows in small and often subtle ways.
Every week he brings home his memory verse paper and we put it on the refrigerator.
He didn't say anything, but this came home this week.
Today at pick up, his teacher said he saw another little friend who looks, from the back, very similar to Marissa and he briefly thought it was her and called out to her.
As I mentioned in another blog, he has also mentioned to me that these past few weeks have been hard on him because he misses her.
It breaks my heart to see him sad. Yet I'm so thankful for the resiliency of children. They can somehow hold tight to the knowledge that they'll see her again and live in the moment. If that moment has pain they grieve. But if that moment holds joy they can smile and forget the pain.
It's no wonder that Jesus told us to be like little children. They have a connection to life and God that we adults seem to have lost.
"I tell you with certainty, unless you change and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven."