“Mommy, what happens when we die?”
“Why do people get sick?”
“What should I be when I grow up?
Day after day, my son BooBoo asks the tough questions – stuff about life and death and science and meaning. Sometimes I surprise myself with a halfway decent age-appropriate answer, but most of the time I just transform complex questions into even more complex answers by way of carefully selected words and phrases intended to keep things “simple”.
Now I know it’s a normal part of child development for kids to ask hard questions in an effort to make sense of a world, but for highly sensitive souls like BooBoo, the answers to life’s big questions take up a lot of valuable space in his head and in his heart. Sometimes it seems as though his modest frame is hardly big enough to house all the curiosity and intensity he feels inside.
He feels things deeply. He thinks about things deeply. He’s all in – body and soul – in this young life of his. For this reason, I thought it might be fun to ask him the big life questions, because honesty, he’s probably spent more time thinking about the answers than I have.
Click here for my 6-year-old’s answers to life’s 10 biggest questions.