When I pulled into the driveway last night after a long day at work our cat JJ Jinglenuts scampered off the walkway that leads to the entrance at the homestead.
What he left behind was his latest victim- this here mouse. I didn’t even think to stop and take the picture because I was hoping I could catch the Bean and Snoop Maddie Mad before they were fast asleep. Luckily The Bean was still awake in her bed. I gave her the news that JJ got a zucchi (what us Sicilians call mice). I told her that the zucchi was still on the front steps so she could see it if she wanted.
But then she started asking questions. She asked why it didn’t run away to which I said “because JJ got him”. Then somehow or other it got around to the fact that the zucchi was dead. She said- “so he’s sleeping?” I said no, he won’t be waking up, he’s dead. I suddenly became terrified at what questions she was going to ask next because I really hadn’t thought the whole what happens when you die thing through. -So I winged it.
I told her that the zucchi will be going to heaven and visit Grandma Felicia. Then she asked if the zucchi would have wings to which I replies yes. Then she asked what Grandma Felicia was like. I told her she was beautiful and she was incredibly loving and that we used to go over her house every Sunday for Pasta Zugu (spaghetti and sauce) and that she was the most incredible cook.
Next she asked where angels sleep. I told her that they sleep in the clouds and that everyone is happy and loving in heaven. Then we talked about Halos for quite a bit. She wasn’t getting the concept for a while but I think she finally got it. I told her they were circles of light that hover over your head when you are an angel. She asked if they follow you around to which I replied yes.
Then I told her I was going to take my shower. I kissed her on her forehead and told her sweet dreams like I always do. And she always replies the same thing back- sweet dreams Fa-Fa (that’s what she calls me).