Chelsea Houska's been talking about her daughter Aubree's chalk drawing talent because the adorable 4-year-old has been tagging up the sidewalks in pink and yellow and blue every chance she gets. But when Chelsea asked what her little one's latest drawing is, she got quite the surprise.
Aubree told her mother that her drawing is of her holding a dead bird. Dead bird?! You know how they say that kids never lie? Well, there is some truth behind this disturbing picture.
Chelsea captioned this photo, "Aubree said she's drawing me holding a dead bird. maybe I shouldn't have let her watch me move the one that flew into our window (p.s. I did not carry it bare handed like her drawing)."
Wow. So a bird died by crashing into their window and Aubree watched her mom remove it. Kids remember so much -- and things stick with them ... things we wouldn't expect. Why when it came time to draw something with pretty pink and yellow chalk would Aubree choose to depict the time her mom had to move a dead bird? That one's for the psychologists, I guess. But just today, my daughter and I passed a sleeping homeless man and my own 4-year-old daughter asked me if he was dead. I was shaken to think she knows what dead looks like (not that the homeless man was dead -- we saw him later walking around) but that dead was the first guess. Why wouldn't she think he was just sleeping? Why dead? Hearing that word from her upset me. Just as Chelsea knowing her daughter is carrying the image of her mom moving the dead bird is stuck with her ... so much so she is drawing it.
It's incredible what kids pick up and retain. Should be a reminder to us all.
Have you ever experienced your child doing something similar?
Image via Chelsea Houska/Instagram