Sunday, June 04, 2006

Death

That's right. Death. Sari seems rather preoccupied by it, but in such a cheerful way, one wonders if she really gets it. For example, if Mordechai's playing with a toy that belongs to him, and Sari wants it, and Mordechai doesn't want to share it, she'll ask me, "Mommy can I have it when Mordechai's dead?" No, really! I kid you not. I respond with, "Yes, dear, but that will be a very, very long time from now. Let's try to find something else for you to play with."

Mordechai has been getting annoyed with this trend. Last week he burst out, "Sari, I'm not dying soon! And anyways, when I die, you'll probably die also, so it doesn't even matter."

A sound argument, to be sure, but, well, the whole discussion seems a bit unsettling and out of context. Should I be troubled?

5 comments:

Shoshi and Daniel said...

I wouldn't get too unsettled unless it lasts a really long time or they seem morbidly preoccupied (i.e. everything is about death all the time). Otherwise they are probably just trying to understand what death is and kids usually use play as a way of expressing the (sometimes emotionally laden) stuff they're thinking about. Just my 2 cents.

Ayelet said...

Man, that was fast. And why aren't you in bed, young lady? Thanks for the $0.02, Shoshi :)

Shoshi and Daniel said...

I guess in keeping with your blog from today - I need to spend a little time (which generally doesn't happen till it's crazy late and some of the housework has been done) doing something to put the day together, and blogging helps me use my love of writing to help make that happen. And I love commenting when I think I have something to say =). But then I get to bed too late, as you noticed!

Rebecca said...

I don't think you should worry. Kids often have a hard time understanding things that are not tangible for them. Has that word been coming up a lot in school or in the parsha or something that she is so focused on it?

Halfnutcase said...

mabye i've just not been paying attention to the kids around here but it seems kinda weird for kids that age to be thinking to much about it.