The Day After


He’s almost five, so it was time for his immunizations yesterday. Oh. man, taking a child who is fully aware of what is happening is a whole new ball game. How much to explain, how soon, how much time do I give him to prepare, but not fret and stress about it? I went with honesty, as I always try to do. So when he asked if a needle was involved, I said yes. He’s a brave, brave boy, but as he sat in my lap crying from the pain, it ripped through my heart and I wanted to take away the pain.

The tears were gone in no time, but he’s feeling some effects today. All cuddled up there, it’s easy to remember how small he still is.