So, how many children do you have?
ah.. um… well, 3, I guess….
Seriously?! What mother can not answer a simple question… how many children do you have? One would think any mother would know how many mouths she feeds… noses she wipes… bodies she bathes. A simple answer for a simple question… right? A simple question, but, not necessarily a simple answer.
If I answered truthfully, I would say I have 7 children… but, sometimes, the truth is harder than a lie. If I answer truthfully and someone starts counting, they would only see 3 E’s… Eric, Emily and Ellen. Then the harder question comes… where are your other children?
Do I want to explain? Is it worth it? What will be their reaction be? Will I make them uncomfortable? Do I even go there? Is it worth sharing my heart to a stranger?… not usually… and so the hard question now has a standard answer…
I have 3 kids!
… not the total truth but not a total lie either. I do have 3 kids. I also have 4 more in heaven… for a total of 7 lives that have changed my heart… seven times of hoping and dreaming… seven sets of footprints embedded in my soul. Four lives I’ve yet to see and three that I watch daily.
I think I need a new answer to this question that is really not so hard…
7 lives for which I am extremely grateful!
I’m also counting this toward my gratitude challenge with Brenda today!