More Than Words

Gold Can Stay

IMG_1162A week ago I had to explain what “rape” is to my nine-year-old.

He had heard the word on the playground—along with several others—and instead of bringing the words home and asking for clarification opted to hurl them himself in a moment of the poor judgment that often keeps company with nine-year-olds.

Consequences at school descended upon him—and rightfully so; but I knew he had no idea what he was saying, couldn’t even begin to contemplate the full impact of the word.

I sent him to his room and tried to breathe then went upstairs.

I sat directly across from him, looked into his weary eyes and asked him what he thought “rape” meant.  He told me and was, of course, so very far off the mark.  His definition was innocuous.  He had no idea.

And me?  I had to tell him.

I had to tell him what human beings…

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