Lately Allie has been asking questions that make me think. The other day, she asked what does “Congratulations” mean. Seems like a simple question, but I still find it hard to explain it.

We watched Moana on TV this morning, and when there was a scene of the grandma getting sick, she asked me why. I told her it’s because she is old already. When the grandma died, she asked me again why. I told her sometimes when you are really sick, even the doctors can’t fix you, so you just have to let go. She looked me in the eye and said, I don’t want you to get old and sick.

Then, when the grandma’s spirit came back as a stingray and later on as a vision to help Moana, she asked me why is grandma is sparkling blue now. I told her it’s because she comes back from the stars. I hesitated because I wasn’t sure if I should always teach her of the hard truth or something imaginary. But anyway, I said it already and she seemed content. But then Allie held my hand and looked me in the eye again, “Mama, I don’t want you to get old and turn into a stingray”. Ah I am going to miss these discussions!

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