One afternoon, Daddyo and The (then) Five-Year-Old were talking about emotions. Somehow, Daddyo found himself caught up into a not-exactly age-appropriate conversation about extreme depression.
Daddyo, backpedaling hastily: “One day you might be really sad like that too, but who can you always talk to, no matter what?”
The (then) Five-Year-Old: “You and Mommyo.”
The (then) Five-Year-Old begins to cry.
Daddyo, distressed: “You don’t have to cry.”
The (then) Five-Year-Old: “I’m not. You are filling up my eyes with tears of happiness and one of them is streaming down my cheek even now.”
- 6 Things Every Kid Should Know about a Parent’s Depression (This Emotional Life/PBS)
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