I cannot think of a title for this post.
There has been a terribly tragic accident in my little community, a friend's 2yr old little girl drowned in the bath a week ago. We are all devastated and rallying around the family. The little girl has left a big, big hole in our hearts and in our little community. Life just isn't the same, a new norm will emerge but at the moment, we are all resisting, we do not want a new norm, we want her back.
Somewhat surprised by Rye's reaction, or rather non reaction. I understood about Peter, Rye never met him, and death is such an enormous concept for a young child to grasp. The little girl though, he knew her, played with her, often asked after her. Yet when I told him, he didn't seem concerned, and when I asked him if he understood that this was sad thing to happen, he asked "Why?". I'm a bit of a loss really, he seems to have thoroughly accepted she is no longer here. Never mentions her, nor has it raised any questions of his own mortality or mine. I have some concerns over his lack of empathy, or apparent lack of, but what to do? I'm really not sure. Do I talk more about death with him, about the little girl, do I ask seeking questions on whether he misses her, feels sad, or do I leave be and accept that at this time Rye is not emotionally developed enough to grasp these things?