Today many many people will March for Life in D.C., not far from us. I wish we could have gone, but, if 25 degrees with a wind chill of 18 degrees wasn't enough of a reason to keep a 4 year old, a 3 year old and a 1 1/2 year old inside, the fact I had trouble waddling across the mall last weekend is.
But, though unable to join them, we have had EWTN on and will until around 3:15pm.
Cecilia has wanted to know why. I don't usually have the TV on for such a long period of time and Cecilia wanted to know why today was so different.
A 4 year old asking, indirectly, about abortion. Abortion is a subject I have trouble dealing with myself just because of how horrific it is so it is certainly not something I consider 4-year-old-appropriate.
I told her today was a special day because there are a lot of good people who would be speaking up for other people who couldn't speak for themselves. I told her there are people out there who like to hurt babies and a lot of people think that that is okay but today people are speaking out to try to change that and protect babies from being hurt.
And I left it at that. I told her there would be a Mass, a lot of talking, and then a lot of people marching.
Of course, tell a 4 year old that there will be a lot of people marching, and you simply must be talking about a parade. She spent a few hours asking me when the "parade" was going to start.
While I do think those who are in favor of abortion should have to take a look at those graphic pictures of just what they favor, I have a hard time looking at them and really cannot see knowingly exposing my children to them at such a young age. I understand children need to learn a bit of the harsh reality of life....like the fact that yummy bacon, indeed, comes from pigs just like Wilbur, but abortion is a harsh reality that shouldn't even be a reality.
Have you had the subject of abortion come up with your young children? How have you handled it? About how old do you think was/is appropriate for discussing such a subject?