Sometimes we need a big dose of child innocence to bring us back down to Earth.
Rosie Dutton can tell you all about that.
The mom from Staffordshire in the UK was slapped in the face by reality when her daughter made her realize what was really important in life.
She shared the story in a heart-wrenching Facebook post the other day.
A few days ago I had my decree absolute posted through the door; my divorce was official. It hasn't been easy for me to write (or share) this, but it's something I feel I need to do, in the hope that it may help other children and families. I never expected my marriage to end in divorce. But, it has. When we separated I went through a lot of heartache. It hurt. A lot. The image of how I felt my family should look (and how I wanted it to be) was completely shattered.
Rosie was forced to adjust to sharing her daughter. Once a week, she would be with her father, but, during that time, Rosie would struggle to focus on anything else and, some nights, barely move from the couch.
Family days out became a mental chore. Rosie knew she couldn't carry on seeing her ex for her own sanity.
The parents arranged to drop off and pick up their daughter at Rosie's parent's place. Family days out came to an end — but her little girl noticed.
One afternoon I'd left her with the paint downstairs and when I got out of the shower I found her painting this rainbow and a picture of our family on the wall. Her dad (the blue one in the picture) had been painted with a sad face and when I asked her why she'd drawn him that way she said, "His face is sad because he's not in our family anymore and I know he makes you feel sad," she said it with so much hurt and sadness in her little voice that it was a real turning point for me. I knew from that moment on that whatever happened in the future between me and her Dad that we had to always be a family for her, we had to stick together.
She knew the divorce could not mean the separation of her family. The painting now hangs in Rosie's living room as a constant reminder to stay strong for her daughter.
The post in full can be read here: