The story involves a baby swatting a vase which then rolls off a table to the bench below. The vase is visibly chipped by not shattered.
We mourn for a few seconds
That we could not fix it
That we could not have snatched it from the edge
The kids watch for my reaction
I tell them, that is why we buy vases from Goodwill.
I know that this simple event is crucial for us because my reaction provides traction for my kids. What I did not do or say reflects my priorities as much as what I did.
My child is the treasure. All the vases in the world are not as precious as one dear little child.
The rest is dust.