Climbing the Golden Staircase

Last year one of my favorite people moved on to what I hope we can call a better place. He loved helping people, playing with his grand kids, hunting, and was never short of words. Having to explain death to a child at any age is hard but explaining death to our little human was hysterical. He truly does have one of the most interesting minds

When my grandpa first passed away, we tried to explain to our little human what that meant and that his Papa Joe wouldn’t be around anymore. We explained that he would be watching him from up in the sky and he could talk to him any time. His response?

Mom, I’m just going to go up to the sky and visit with Papa Joe, its fine.

No little human that’s not how it works

Yeah it is mom, you can pull me down when its time for me to come home but I’ll just go up into the sky and visit with my Papa Joe. 

Ok little human, you do that 😊

Then comes the funeral. My grandpa was cremated and placed in a beautiful wooden box. As we were standing at the cemetery our little human’s wheels start turning. I was not prepared for what question came next!!

Mom, why is Papa Joe so small?

Oh wow, I never even thought to explain that!! Well, lets see……...we burnt him? Well that’s a great way to scare the living crap out of ANYONE!!! Ok let’s think again, those are his ashes in the box? I foresee eight thousand more questions with that one! Ok I got it!!!!!!!

When we go on to a better place, we get to choose to be big or small. Papa Joe chose to be real small!

Little Human response: Well I am going to be BIG!!!!

You can’t always prepare for what your little humans throw your way. They have such inquisitive minds and just want to learn about the world. Take the time to explain the world to them and with that knowledge they can conquer it!

Signing off for now
SMILE its good for the soul 😜

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