I sat next to her, a sugary sweet kindergartner. We were coloring.
She showed me her picture: two brightly dressed scribble people. I could tell they were girls from the long hair--one blonde, one brown.
Colorful hearts surrounded them; green, purple, red.
"Guess who this is," she smiled at me.
"Hmmm, who?" I asked, not wanting to assume.
"That's me and you!" she replied.
"Oh, I love the colorful hearts you made!"
"Yes!" she said, then added, "My daddy got 'trans'-ported to Mexico."
That was an eyebrow raiser.
And a colorful heart breaker.
Just what does one say to that?
"Ooh, I am so sorry to hear that," I sympathetically replied.
"I am never, ever going to see him again," she continued, frowning.
Oh Lord, what do I say to this girl? I prayed.
"I bet you can write to him or talk to him on the phone," I replied feebly.
"Yes, I could!" she replied with a glimmer in her eyes. "I could give my letter to mommy to mail."
Heavy stuff for a sweet little girl to bear.
The weight she carries will leave an impression on me for a long time.
<3 <3 <3LJ