I debated about telling my students about Violet's trip to the hospital. Second grade is a funny age - some kids can have a hard time with the heavy stuff, but in the end, I felt it was better to tell them. It would likely come up in classroom conversation or they might hear me talking about it with another adult, but beyond that, I decided it was something that just felt right to share with them. They're a great bunch of kids that I've spent seven months of my life with - they were my students when Violet was born - so I told them. I left out many of the details, but they understood that Violet had something like a bad cold that left her unable to breathe properly on her own and that she had to go to the hospital for help. My students seemed to take the news in stride, without more than a simple question or two, and then we moved on to our writing lesson for the day. Another funny thing about second graders? You won't know their true reaction until the next day, when you come in to school and see if there are any messages from their parents.