“This is where a car with a mom and three kids went into the water,” I say as we cross High Bridge. It is a story deeply tragic and troubling.¹
I have never thought to hide hard realities from the kids. I’ve probably done the opposite, pointing them out, hoping to give them a safe opportunity to process and ask questions without moralizing or minimizing — to be thoughtful.
“It was Gwyneth,” Brenna says sorrowfully, remembering one of the
kids, a girl a year younger at her school. She doesn’t say anything
else so I leave it there, to fade behind us.
¹ Idaho Statesman, “Coroner names mom, 3 kids killed when SUV plunged into Lucky Peak”: www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/article81310057.html