NICK: Have you ever seen anybody die?
ME: Hmmm…No, I haven’t. I’ve never watched anyone die.
NICK: Have you seen people that were already dead?
ME: Yeah. Like at funerals and things.
NICK: What’s that?
ME: Well, when someone dies they put them in a kind of box. It’s like a little bed. And then people look at the person and they say goodbye.
NICK: You saw them?
ME: Several times, yeah.
NICK: Tell me what their skeletons looked like.
ME: I didn’t see their skeletons. They still have their skin and everything.
NICK: What do you see?
ME: They have clothes on. They just look like their sleeping.
NICK: But they’re dead.
NICK: Dad? I’m scared of things that could kill you.
ME: Like what?
ME: You don’t have to be scared of meteorites.
NICK: That’s what killed the dinosaurs. And the book says that the meteorites will come again.
ME: Maybe, but not for a really, really long time. Long after we’re all gone.
NICK: We’ll be dead?
NICK: Yeah. And probly all our friends and everyone in our family will be dead.
NICK: And probly even everyone from my t-ball team will be dead.
NICK: So I shouldn’t be afraid of meteorites.
NICK: I’m not afraid of them, then.
ME: That’s good because I’m kind of a basket case, right now.
One thought on “CONVERSATIONS WITH NICK ABOUT DEAD PEOPLE”
I love this post, and I hate to quibble, but in the part about funerals and people lying in the box, it should read, “They look like they’re sleeping” – not “their sleeping.” 😉