"When I'm big, I'm going to go to all these places." She smoothed the map on the floor, pointing to every single country in turn, "... and I'm going to have a house by the sea ... and swim with dolphins!"
Her face was alive with smiles and possibilities.
Feelings flooded over me, prompting memory after memory.
"I can't wait to be grown up!"
She turned her face to mine, eyes wide.
"Is it going to be as good as I think?"
There was a seriousness in her tone, the question was real. It required an answer. I'd promised never to lie to her, to always be honest. She knew she could trust me to tell her the truth.
I hesitated, causing her brow to flicker.
I couldn't tell her, I just couldn't. I felt a knotting pain deep in my stomach.
She stood, tilting her head to one side, a smile creeping across her face. I felt my breath ease, and the pain in my stomach lift with relief. I smiled back, a huge smile that spread ear to ear.
It was her truth she was asking, not mine. Hers.
I leant down and picked her up, tears in my eyes as I swung her around and around.
"Yes, Amy ... it's going to be the best thing ever ever, EVER!"
Written for Sunday Scribblings prompt 258 - Big.