deep sky, firefly (rainsinger) wrote,
deep sky, firefly

Say it with Taxidermy

Lately Matei has been thinking about the demise of things.

"Mummy," said he, "I will be very sad when you and Daddy cease to be*".
"That won't be for a long time," I offered but he simply shook his head gravely.
"But you will die Mummy. One day, when the time comes, everybody and everything dies."

After a brief pause, he went on:

"Even the cat will die. Then its fur will fall off and its skin will dry and the only thing that will be left will be bones**. And then, because we have loved the cat, we will gently stroke the bones."

He seemed very satisfied with this before adding:
"And then you know, when you and Daddy die I will do the same thing for you. Because I love you soooo much."

I'm not sure how one ought to interpret a son's suggestion for turning his family into exhibits of his own Natural History Musuem, but personally I find it very charming. It's certainly a step up from his previous suggestions of what would happen after I died.

*he used the Serbian word uginuti which means the death of an animal. I've been struggling to find an equivalent in the Roman languages.

** I have no clue where he got Decomposition 101 from. Probably dinosaur books.
Tags: amusement, parenthood, quotes
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