Before I go any further, this isn't a sponsored post, I'm not trying to get deeper look into the work done by the Child Abuse Charities. I'm just going to share my almost 6 year old's view.
Now that has been cleared up, I'll get down to the point of the post.
This morning, while having a normal chat about fairy dust, Eldest clocked on to - and understood a NSPCC advert.
She understood it.
For a minute her face falls, I mean actually falls. Her eye has a funny look, one that I can't place. I have never seen it before. I don't know if you have had that moment, it almost stops your heart from beating. The split second where you don't know, for the first time what your child is thinking.
She turns to me, slowly, I'd go as far as to describe it as distressed.
She looks me right in the face, and her way with words is pretty typical of her age group. So I will go for the word-for-word version.
'If those nasty peoples beat they babies up and throw they babies down the stairs, well, why don't we beat them nasty people up and throw them down the stairs, and then love all the babies?'
I'm stunned, I don't know why it happens, I don't know what to say. What the fuck do I say?
So I begin to explain that some people might not love their babies, but is it wrong? I mean, do they love them at some point? So I stop. Then I try a different tactic, I say that sometimes bad things happen in the world. Wait, no I've just gone into generic and cliché mode. I refuse, I refuse to do that. Maybe I try to address the bit about us throwing the 'nasty people' down the stairs.
'Eldest, we can't just beat up nasty people and throw them down the stairs, it's wrong for us to do that, it would make us as bad as the people who hurt the babies.' - Me
'Yes, but we can never be that bad, people who hurt babies are the worst.'- Her
Hum, this is not the time to tell her that there are worse things in the world. Are their worse things in the world? Oh good lord, I'm now embroiled in a situation I hadn't anticipated for today.
'It's good that we can try and raise money to help them, though. Isn't it?' - Me
'No.' - Her
'What do you mean no?' - Me, actually confused.
'Mommy, money doesn't make you happy, it doesn't stop a boo boo. It doesn't make you not beat up babies.' - With such conviction, bordering on anger.
Is she right? I'm beginning to doubt all the times I've donated money. She is almost 6 and seems to have said something to unexpected I have no idea, not a clue, not one fucking iota of explanation for her.
'Okay, so what would you do?'
'I would go to all they houses, take the babies away, 'cause they don't love them, and you have to love babies, you just have to. I would give the babies to the nice people who don't have babies because their stuff won't work right, like the ladies who have the jections (IVF). They would love them babies. Then with all they baddies mom and dads, I would make a big hole and put them in it. Then they will never get out, they will be dirty like they made the babies and lonely and sad like the babies...erm... but afore I put them in the hole, I would punch them with all my strongness, so they know how it hurts'.
I would love to say that I had a reply, that I had something ready to say but I didn't. Instead I hugged her.
So my question, dearest wonderful readers is this -
How would you have explained the situation? What do you think of her views?