On the way to Best Buy last week, my son and I heard a story on the radio about a man who poured acid on a sleeping ten year old girl’s face in India (the same age as my son). This 45 year old man had proposed marriage to the 13 year old cousin of the victim. Because this young girl had refused him in marriage, it was within his rights to throw acid in her face. (However, he mistakenly threw it on her younger cousin.)
With tears in my eyes, I heard my son ask how such a horrible thing could happen?
Slowly, I began, “I have an answer for that.”
“Okay Mom, but it’s a rhetorical question. I want to think about this one out loud, as I work it out in my head. Besides, I already know your answer.”
Surprised, I asked, “Oh, do you??”
“Yes, it’s just like when I asked you the other night at bedtime why we have to die. You said, “I have an answer for that,” just like you did now. Then, you went on about how death is God’s most brilliant plan. That without it, we wouldn’t get off our butts and do anything with our lives. Then you started with the whole Yin/Yang thing. Balance. Life and death. Day and night. Sun and moon.
“This is another one of those balance things, right? How we can’t experience all the Love the world has to offer without there being bad stuff, too. Right?”
At this point I was laughing so hard, I was thankful we had made it into the Best Buy parking lot.
The little dude had said pretty much EXACTLY what I would’ve said.
“But it’s true!” I said between chuckles, wiping my eyes.
“I know it is, Mom. I believe it, too.”
The serious tone in his voice brought me back. We stayed in the parking lot a few minutes. We discussed how he had chosen to decorate his room in a Yin/Yang theme about two years ago. (So much more longevity than say, Sponge Bob.) He said he liked the idea of opposites.
“Not just opposites,” I said. ”Complimentary opposites. Two items interconnected and interdependent.”
Eyes deep-set, staring straight ahead, I saw him mouth the words, “Complimentary opposites.”
Later that night, as I climbed in bed to read, I ran across this quote:
“Two great things you can give your children: one is roots, the other is wings.” ~ Hodding Carter
Next to the quote, I had written one word: “Balance.”
100% decorated by Christian — almost all knick-knacks and artwork purchased out of his allowance. Little dude is serious about his room decorating! And I do believe he has a bit of a thing for Yin and Yang….
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