It all started when we received a card from my friend Lucia, of "So what are you making for dinner" fame. The card was signed "Chris, Lucia and Archie."
Jack: Who's Chris?
me: That's Lucia's husband. You haven't met him yet.
Jack: Archie and no Kramer. Awwwwww! And now I'm sad. (his eyes well up)
me: Ohhhh, I know sweetie. Everyone will miss Kramer.
Jack: Why do cats die?
me: Well, they get old or they get very sick.
Jack: Which one was Kramer?
me: He was very sick sweetie.
Jack: Is he buried in the earth forever?
me: Well.. (I believe he was cremated but I didn't want to get into THAT before bedtime)
Jack: Did he go to heaven?
me: Of course he did.
Jack: How long after you die do you go to heaven?
me: It's pretty much right away.
Jack: Is he up there now?
Jack: Will he be born again?
me: I don't know. Some people believe that, but I don't know for sure.
Jack: When we die will we be reborn as people again?
me: Not sure about that either.
Jack: I think we get born again. I really believe that.
me: You may be right.
Jack: Do we get born again as other things like bumble bees?
me: Maybe. We don't know because when people die, they don't come back to tell us exactly what happened to them.
Jack: And that's exactly why I do not like being human! (he sits on my lap and looks all freaked out)
me: Awww, I know...
Jack: I would rather be a BISON! Being a person is NOT good. You never know what happens. I hate people.
me: But I'm a person.
Jack: Yeah, well not you and not Daddy. I like you.
me: What about Ed and Bella.
Jack: I like cats too. It's just...sigh...
me: I know, it's hard to think about those things, huh?
Jack: Yeah. I'm sad Kramer had to die.
me: Me too. But he knows we're thinking about him. And you just have to be happy about that, okay?
Jack: Okay. I'm not gonna think about this anymore, it's too stressful.
Imagine what he'll be thinking about when he turns 6?? If I make it that far. :)