This letter has been published in a Finnish newspaper to which it came from a nursery. The writer is a 6 year old girl. The letter reads:
I don’t maybe need Monster High (*a toy) as a present or I do want it but if mum and dad would not fight and drink beer at all that would be the best christmas, best.
Neea 6 yrs.
It broke my heart. And inspired me to write a peace for this week’s Trifecta. I hope that be it this Christmas or next year, we can all give some time to a child near us, play with them, listen to them or just smile to them. They will answer that smile eagerly because children were born to love. Let’s not allow the world to suck that love out of them. Children are precious, wise and fragile. Here’s my contribution to Trifecta:
This weekend we want you to give us a pithy summary of your feelings about the holidays. Your response does not need to be cynical or sarcastic. We welcome all thoughts and feelings about this time of year–so long as you express those thoughts and feelings in 33 words.
When mum is sad she whispers. Mum always whispers at Christmas. She doesn’t eat Christmas dinner, maybe because she has so many tears to swallow. Mum can have my toys, I love her.
What could you do to help a child out?