We’re driving toward Benjamin’s school and see a beautiful little house for sale, right along the lake. The following conversation ensued:
Me: That is a lovely little house. We should buy it!
Ben: Mommy, we can’t buy this house.
Me: Why not? It’s right on the lake. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in this house?
Ben: But mommy, we can’t buy a house. It’s too heavy…
Me: Oh. Well, we don’t have to move the house, we can just buy it and leave it in this location.
Ben: But we have a house.
Me: Yes, but we could sell our house and move into this new house.
Ben: But mommy, we need the money to buy things.
Me: Yes. That’s right. When we sell our house to someone else, they will give us money. Then, we can take the money and buy this house.
Ben: But mommy, I told you already. The house is too heavy!
It astonishes me how much he is thinking about things. Every day he asks me questions that require more elaborate answers than I’m prepared for on short notice. The above conversation evolved into what happens when someone moves, how one packs up their contents and relocates them to a new place, what is required of people when they move, and so on. Ultimately however, he is clearly not ready to give up our little house right now. It is the only home he’s ever had, and he can’t imagine why I would even consider the idea of not going “home” to our house anymore.