A couple months ago my daughter walked into my office holding the iPad and crying. My first thought was a bit of panic– what had she stumbled upon that had so clearly upset her?
I opened my arms and asked her what was wrong. She climbed into my lap and showed me the iPad. On it was a video of a baby bunny. “Oh noooo” I thought. “She watched an animal cruelty video” and I braced myself for it.
But, that wasn't it. As I watched the video with her, it was a person holding a baby bunny in their hand. Then, they pet the tiny bunny. Then, another bunny. Then, a group a little bunnies. And all the while we watched this, my daughter didn’t just cry, she wept.
“Honey, why are you crying?” I asked her.
“They’re just so cute, mama. They’re so cute and I love them so much.” Weeping. Just weeping.
And I let her weep. I held her and we watched more baby bunny videos, then some newborn puppy videos, where she wept some more.
And it got me thinking, how often to we let it all in like that? How often to we let all the feelings in, let all the cute baby bunnies in and just feel it? And if we do, how often to we invite other people in to be with us in that? My hope is that my daughter, only eight years old, will continue to come to me in her joys, her sorrows, and everything in between to not only tell me about it, but to allow me to witness her feelings– as uncomfortable as it may be for me sometimes. It’s an honor for me and for anyone who let’s me in on their experience.
And my hope is that you do too. That you find the courage within you to let all those cute baby bunny feelings in, feel it, and that you can find the courage to let someone witness it.
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