"Well, it usually means that you're pretty sad. Usually it means you can't be with someone you really love anymore, so you're sad. And when you're really sad, you can't eat or sleep, and your chest hurts, and you feel like you'll never love again, so people say their heart is broken."
"Oh.... but why is Grandpa's heart broken?"
My father was recently diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, which means that his ventricle is enlarged and it's affecting his ability to pump blood. We don't know how bad it is yet, but he's going to find out next week. It could be just a matter of taking a pill once a day, or he could nee a pacemaker. We'll see.
He says he feels fine. He only went to the doctor in the first place because he was getting out of breath whenever he exerted himself. "Like when we were at the jumpy house place for BK's birthday," he gave the example.
Ummm.... I get out of breath doing that, too. That's why I wore a dress to that party-- so I would have an excuse not to jump.
So, I'm a little stressed out by this, and I will be needing prayers while I wait for his test results, but my dad is optimistic. "This is nothing new," he joked. "I've always been told I have a big heart."