Henry, on the other hand, can't be bothered with certain subjects...

We are packing the car. The trunk is overflowing with picnic and beach stuff. I go to help the kids get into their car seats. Jane and Henry have been talking for a while.

Henry: Why does Jane talk about death all the time?

Me: Janey has learned a lot in the past several months about life and death. Talking helps her sort out some of the tough stuff.

Henry: What's so tough about it? You die; you're gone.

Me: Well, but it's more complicated than that. What about the people left behind? How do they feel? What happens to us when we die? A lot of people are afraid of dying. There's a lot to think about.

He stares out the front window of the car.

Henry: Are we going to the beach, or what?


Decadent Housewife said...

I know there are the exceptions but clearly, Henry is male and Jane female.

karen said...

love it!

p.s. glad to hear that beach trips are up and running again!!

Dead Robot said...

This is quite possibly the most perfect answer to such a massive, unanswerable question.

Unknown said...

Much catchier than Carpe Diem. I can just see it on a t-shirt: Are we going to the beach, or what?