Sometimes I forget that even a three-year-old can have a deeper perception and understanding of certain situations than I’ll often give credit for. Last night in her prayers, Katherine offered a subdued and even slightly sorrowful expression of gratitude for Cooper, our dog who we gave up for adoption several weeks ago.
When we first gave him up, the change at home was obvious, and we missed him. We’d check the adoption site daily waiting for his little picture to appear, and we carried his dog tag around as a reminder. We took the time to explain what had happened to Katherine, but she didn’t really seem to care or understand. As the weeks have rolled by, the dog tag has been put away, we don’t check the website very much anymore, and we hardly think about it.
Except for Katherine.
Last night she mentioned in her prayers that she was thankful for Cooper, and then she prayed for his “new mommy and daddy and Katherine.” She obviously understands, and she obviously perceives what happened on a much richer and deeper level than I thought she ever could.
As for me, I was just extremely grateful to have been a part of a beautiful and heart-felt prayer. I think this is what Christ meant when He said we needed to be as little children.