From Elizabeth's "A Promise to Fear Not":
I got sucked in today and for a few minutes there, I thought I might drown. Last night, I promised my three little girls that I would watch a movie with them this afternoon. I knew it was going to be rainy. All five boys were out of the house. I had a new embroidery project I was eager to begin. The girls were all excited about this movie and, well, I never watch movies. So I made a promise. I don't make promises lightly and I don't break promises. And those little girls know it.
They wanted to watch "We Bought a Zoo." Sounded like good light-hearted fun to me. We were maybe three minutes into the movie and a I made a lame excuse and left the room. I was choking back tears. I called to my 15-year-old, Mary Beth.
"Have you seen that movie? I asked her.
"No..." she answered tentatively.
"The mom died. She was sick and she died. How much do they talk about the mom dying in that movie? Is it about that or do they just move on from here?"
"Mom, I don't know. I haven't seen it. And besides the girlies watched it last night and loved it. Clearly, they weren't bothered by the mom dying. They're not scared of cancer. It's not even on their RADAR."
I know. But I am.
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