Maty Weirdness Postmortem

We are still having a bit of trouble explaining “death” to Ethan, who just turned five years old so he is not highly trained in death and taxes. He is obviously sad, and he goes down the hill to the old tree to visit Maty’s grave every day. But we are still not sure he “gets” it.

Here is an example of why we are confused. I am not sure if this is an indication of my son being very creative or very weird, but it certainly is a nice display of orthogonal thinking, which I always like to see. Conversation as follows:

Me (Dad): “Yes Maty is in heaven now.” [pause]

Ethan: [confused, staring out the window]

Dad: “So she can now always watch you.” [pause]

Ethan: [still staring out the window, working things out]

Dad: “And now while she is watching you on your adventures she can protect you.”

Ethan: [creases his eyebrows] “So, you mean if I am walking down the street, and I see a bad guy, then Maty will appear and she won’t have any eyeballs or bones and the bad guy will think she is some kinda alien and then he will run away scared?”

Dad: [confused, staring out the window]

Trey, Ethan, and Maty at Thanksgiving

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  • I get the serious of the situation and all but he is just too cute not to giggle about.

    Joshua’s family (I almost typed Joshua and I, that’s how much I love her) have a dog, Bailey, that looks a lot like Maty. She’s getting up there in years, too. *sigh*

  • Ethan’s watched those Tim Burton animated specials too many times. 🙂

  • Yes Ethan always finds a humorous (unintentional) way to bring up Maty death in front of people. We had some architect over to look at these walls of Constantinople we are building and then Ethan jumped up and said “My dog is dead in the backyard”. It was a real conversation stopper.

  • Bianca

    LOL. He is so adorable. That line of thinking came directly from his crazy father!

    Are you going to get a new dog now?

  • hehe no I don’t think so… It’s not quite like opening a new Fresca.

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