Doug: "Lila, do you want to say anything about Snowflake? That's what people sometimes do... when they bury a pet."Lila: "No."
Me: "We could tell stories about her. Like the other day when she tried to jump out of her tank!"
Lila: "She used to like to play hide-and-seek with us."
[Renee had to bury her face here, to hide a laugh.]
Eli: "Yeah, but now she can't. 'Cause she died."
Lila: "Yeah. . . . Can I get a beta baby now?"
Me: "Let's finish saying good-bye to Snowflake before we start planning her replacement."
Later, after we had come back inside, I was getting some pre-bed snuggles from Eli. He was thoughtfully twisting my hair when he said, quietly, "It's actuwy kinda sad."
Yes, baby. Death is kinda sad. Even when it's only a fish.