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.