These are fantastic!! Thank you all for sharing.
Three from my DD
(age 3ish): Her Great Grandfather had passed away about 6months ago; she went to his funeral and was well versed in his death and what went on afterwards. Out of the blue, standing in the grocery store, an older man asked her who her heroes were, and then he suggested Barbie? Dora The Explorer? (People my DD had no idea about); I saw DD think a bit and then answer, "Great Nanny. Because she did so well after Grandpa Paul died." I nearly dropped my groceries.
(age 4ish): Snuggling w/ me at bedtime. "Mama, what is your favorite part of being alive?" I stammered, "Oh, being your mama." She basically rolled her eyes and said, "Something different. Your second favorite part then." I answered having emotions, feeling things. DD, what is your favorite part of being alive?" She simply answered, "Watching butterflies." Then she rolled over and went to sleep. I love that moment.
(age 4ish): We were in the process of moving from the only home DD had ever know to a home in upstate NY, away from the beach she had basically grown up on to a farm very far away from any beach. In preparation, we went to the beach and gathered many rocks, shells, etc to decorate our new home. We had all the rocks and shells spread out on the porch and talked about which ones would go where. In picking the ones out for her room, DD commented, "Yes, but I will forget all this and then just have a bunch of old rocks in my room." So true. so true.
thanks for giving me this opportunity to share.