Alley: "Mama, where is Annie's dog Jack? Where do dogs go when they die like Jack died?"
Mama: "Well, I believe that God has a special heaven for dogs, where they can be well cared for and at peace. What do you believe?"
Alley: "That's just what I think, too, Mama. Because dogs are the best. And God loves them so much. And God made them, so He wants them to be with him in heaven. And what about Smokey Bear? Is he in heaven, too? Cuz he died too and God loves Smokey Bear."
Mama: "Yes, there's a good chance Smokey Bear is right where Jack is."
**fast forward a few WEEKS**
On Tuesday, we were driving into Abbotsford for our MOPS group. On the way, we picked up an older friend named Rosina who helps with the childcare. While in the car, Alley started asking questions about her kitty cat, her 4-year-old granddaughter, what flowers she will plant in her garden this Spring.
All of a sudden she asked, "Rosina? Where is your husband?" Rosina replied that he had "passed on" a long time ago. Alley's eyes became huge and round. "You mean he died?!" And with a smile spreading slowly over her face, she said " that means he is in heaven with Jack and Smokey Bear!"
And yesterday, along this theme of death and heaven, Alley asked "Mama, when I go to heaven, can I open my eyes?"
I replied "Yes! You can open your eyes! And what do you think you will see?"
"Oh Mama! I will see God's eyes and nose! Can you and Daddy and Solomon open your eyes too?"
When I replied "yes", she begged me to call Bry on my cell phone to make sure he would open his eyes. When I put the phone down, she asked "Did he say Yes, Mama? Did he? Did he?!"
I have thought about this a few times since. It is so beautiful to me. Almost heartbreaking. And I realize that her childlike heart is able to grasp the hope of heaven. There is no hope in dying, if I don't believe I will have a chance to open my eyes on the other side. What do I hope to see?
This beautiful moment with Alethea (my child of truth) has carried me this week, as I go about the dailyness.