Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More deep thoughts from Nate Case

Yesterday I had to pick up a couple of items that had been left at the old house (because it is under contract!). After leaving the house:

Nate: We only lived in that house for a year, right?

Laura: No, we lived in the house for five years. Daddy and I lived there before you and Alex were born.

Nate: Are we going to stay at the new house until we are grown ups?

Laura: Yes, you and Alex are going to live in the new house until you are 18 and go to college. We are all going to live there until you and Alex are adults.

Nate: If you die, you won't live there anymore. Your body will be in a box in the ground at the graveyard or it will be burned up. So you won't live in the new house.

Do you like how every conversation about the future turns into me dying???

I actually took that opportunity to explain to the boys that when I die, I am donating my body to the National Institute on Deafness. They will study my temporal bones in the hopes they can understand more about otosclerosis. I've already given them a DNA sample and my medical records. The boys were so excited about the idea that you can donate your body to science for research. I can't wait for them to read "Stiff" by Mary Roach one day.

And as a treat for you for reading such dark material, here is a link to some delicious easy-to-make brownie covered oreos. I've made them twice in the last 10 days.

13 comments:

windycityvegan said...

Nina's obsessed with all things Death right now, too - maybe that explains all the crazy nightmares she's been having. Oh, and that reminds me, have you seen the new Hyperbole post? Too funny!

Joanna said...

No wonder Nate's such a handful, that little dude is pondering some heavy stuff. I love, love, love that you turned it into a learning experience for the boys. I want to donate my skeleton, and should probably look up how to go about doing that.

Joanna said...

Holy crap, that recipe looks evil. What are you trying to do to us?

Beth said...

William talks about what happens when you die all the time. I totally forgot about donating your body for science! We donated my father's body to the University of Florida medical school. Thanks! (And yay for those brownies. I'm going to make them this weekend!!!)

Ginger said...

I LOVE that book! My family thought I was crazy when I bought it but I thought it was awesome!

I have already taken the steps to donate my body to science when I die. The group I chose does it all and returns your ashes to your family. I am going to encourage my family to not keep my ashes...that is so freaky to me. But whatever they do after I am gone won't really be my concern anymore!

thellfamily said...

Death big at our house, too. And when the kids were mad at me recently they giggled to each other "Let's make Mama dead." I'm reassured only by remembering that when my nephew was 4 he exclaimed "Mommy, I'm gonna pour gasoline on you and light you on fire."
Hope you're surviving single motherhood. And you are too cruel to link to those cookies when I'm getting ready for bikini weather in 10 days (I guess I didn't have to click through...).

Carrie77 said...

Nathan has started to think about death, too. And, I need to bring something to work next week, THANK YOU for that brownie covered oreo recipe!

HeatherV said...

Thinking you need to make them read the chapter about car crashes the night before they take their drivers test.

PLEASE o please tell me there were leftovers from this latest batch. I will SO be breaking my no eating after 7 pm tonight. Please???

claudia said...

So glad that you posted that today because I thought that Babycakes was the only 4.75 year old obsessed with death. I blamed it on my hyper-frank dealings with most subjects.

Julie said...

Death is a big topic of conversation in our household as well, having lost my dad and grandfather within the last year and a half. Lana is so matter of fact about it, really and we "talk" to grandpa and great-grandpa in heaven all the time. She always wants to send a balloon up to the sky so they can enjoy one and she talks about what they must be doing each day together on the clouds--playing ball, doing construction projects, enjoying pie.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Love Nate Case and the way his mind works.

I've told D and put in the will I want to donate all my organs. After that, i don't care :)

Lisa said...

Stiff was a truly fascinating book.

Erin Burns said...

I must officially apologize for EVER sharing that link. But if it makes you feel any better, I am totally reading that book next! ;-)