My five year old great granddaughter asked. “Nana, do you love Papa?”
I told her, “Of course I love Papa. Why?” She just shrugged her shoulders.
Then she asked me, “Nana, do love my mommy?”
Again, I answered, “Yes, I love your mommy. Why did you ask me that?” She shrugged again as she sat on the floor playing with her Barbie dolls.
After a few minutes, she asked, “Nana, do you love me?”
I said, “Of course I love you. You are my angel baby. I will love you forever. Why would you ask me that?”
She climbed into my lap and leaned her head on my chest. “Will you love me when you die?”
I had to fight tears. “Oh, Addie, I will love you no matter what. Even if I die, I will always love you every day forever..”
Then she asked me, “Will you be my guard angel?” I must have looked confused. “My guard angel will always help me make good choices, and you always help me make good choices.”
I got it then. So I said, “Of course I will be your guardian angel. And I will watch over you all of your life. But I don’t plan on dying any time soon. I want to be here while you grow up into a smart, strong, beautiful young woman.”
She sighed, snuggled into my arms. “Good. Because I love you, you are my best Nana. You will be a good guard angel.”
She climbed out of my lap and went back to playing with her dolls. Then she said, “Everyone is a Child of God. Even when they are naughty. God loves everyone. I think he will be happy when you are one his angels. You won’t let anyone get away with being naughty.”
I went from teary eyed to laughter. If you listen, you can hear the most wonderful things from the heart of a child.
I love my angel baby. She fills my heart with such tender love and gentle joy. So, yes, my granddaughter, I love you more than I can ever say. You are the greatest unexpected blessing a Nana could ever have. I will be your guard angel right here on earth as long as God lets me stay, and I will always watch over you until we meet again in heaven. Thank you for asking.