AJ was watching Penguins of Madagascar. Lisa and I were talking about some friends of ours that are going through a difficult time. I commented to Lisa that many of our friends had difficult childhoods, and some of them were horrific.
AJ: "What's a bad childhood, Mama?"
What - he's listening??? Crap!!
Me: "Well, some kids grow up with parents who don't always do the right thing for them."
There, that should do it.
AJ: "What do they do?"
Did I really think that would work - silly Mama!!
Lisa: "Some parents don't give enough hugs, or say 'I love you' enough."
Cindy: (getting emotional) "And those kids grow up to be adults who need a lot of love - they need people to tell them they are good people - that they deserve love."
I may have babbled on and on, and on, and on but for brevity sake, let's pretend I was concise...
Suddenly, AJ is giving me the tightest hug.
Me: "Thanks, AJ. What was that for??"
AJ: (as he's tackling Lisa with a giant hug) "That's for being great parents!"
Go ahead - tell me you're not crying a little bit!! Gotta love this kid.