Mason goes to the zoo a lot with Grandma and his favorite part is the elephant show. I didn't know how to tell him about Mary's death, so until last night I just didn't. And he didn't go to the zoo.
But then last night we were talking about a book he has with an elephant in it and in the book the elephant is afraid of a mouse. He said, "When I go to the elephant show at the zoo, the elephants there aren't afraid of mice!" And so I decided it was time to tell him.
This is how the conversation went:
Me: I'm not sure if they have the elephant show at the zoo anymore.
Mason: Why not?
Me: One of the elephants went away.
Mason: Where did it go?
Me: It just went away.
Me: It got very old and had to go away.
Mason: I've got to tell Grandma! (Sad faced, picked up his pretend phone, dials and puts phone to ear.)
Mason: Grandma - one of the elephants at the zoo is dead.
Me: I didn't say it was dead!
Mason: Grandma - sorry, he's not dead, he just went away.
Me: Well, actually he is dead.
I was in shock that he got "dead" from my saying "got old and went away". I was trying to be all euphamistic with the "went away" and he totally got it. These kids are way smarter than we give them credit for!