What are you gonna do when you’re dead?


The kids and I were driving home from QT (Yes, Todd, i returned the movie!) and we had the following discussion:

Rollie: “Mom, what are you going to do when you’re dead?”

Me: “Um. . what?”

Rollie: “Like, are you going to go under a tombstone in the ground. Or are you going to let your family burn your skin, so they can keep your ashes? Or are you going to give your body to scientists to use?”

Me: “Uh, I don’t really know yet, baby. Daddy and I have talked about it a little.”

Rollie: “Daddy wants to have his family burn his skin and keep the ashes.”

Me: “You realize that they burn the entire body? But the body is just a vessel for the soul while it is on earth, so it isn’t in the body anymore, so it doesn’t hurt. Because you’re dead.”

I look in the rear view mirror: Rollie and Tiller are staring back at me in the mirror.

Tiller: “So, what does Mr. Poole* do with the bodies?”

Rollie: “He plays with the skulls.”

Now, there’s a comforting thought.

*Mr. Poole is the school science teacher.


  4 comments for “What are you gonna do when you’re dead?

  1. t
    February 29, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I told him I wanted my family to burn my skin and EAT the ashes. That kid never gets anything right.

  2. February 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Well, at least I won’t have to plan dinner that night. . .

  3. leelee
    March 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Too funny! Dash has started saying stuff like, “There’s a bug, he’s dead!” Or “Superman KILLED the bad guy!” and I wonder if he really knows what it means. I don’t think so. I think he thinks it means “hit really hard.”

  4. March 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Yeah, I don’t think they really get it, even at R’s age.

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