Mummy, Is Life Pain?


This was the question this evening from the back  of the car, courtesy of not-quite-six-year-old Plum.

Not really a question I was expecting, or equipped to answer whilst navigating a busy four-way junction at rush hour.

After a moment’s thought and having safely cleared the traffic, we discussed what she meant. She meant that so many things hurt – tummy ache, falling over, having a piercing (she doesn’t ever want her ears pierced because it will hurt), injections, falling out with friends, hanging your knee on the vault at gymnastics… 

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There was nothing to do but agree that yes, there are lots of things that hurt in life. I asked if there were more things that hurt than didn’t hurt. She thought for a little while and listed nice things – in 

*kisses
*hugs and cuddles 
*dancing 
*singing 
*rainbows 
*puddles to jump in 
*snuggles from cats 
*eggs from the hens 
*pancakes for breakfast 
*looking at the stars
*painting 
*playing with friends 
*sunshine 
*snowmen
*scrunching in leaves 
*being in the forest 
*walking on the beach 

And then concluded that there are lots more nice things in life and that sometimes life hurts but there are always smiles on the way. 

Not a bad lesson for an almost six-year-old to learn. 

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