On our way home from the carousel yesterday, with his 4-year-old brother asleep in the car seat next to him, the soon-to-be 3-year-old I nanny for began spontaneously – and very calmly – listing aloud all of the things and people that are subject to die.
He listed individuals, inanimate objects, and really anything he could think of. While I couldn’t quite make out most of what he was saying, I did hear: “And Finn (his brother) will die. And garbage cans will die.” His list went on for a while. And ____ will die. And ____will die…
He ended by saying: “Everything…in the…WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD…will die.”
I thought it rather impressive that he saw fit to not only state this in slow fashion but also put emphasis on the words that he did.
He then added the words: “right away” to the end of his declarative finale. As in: Everything in the whole entire world will die. (pause) Right away.
I queried back in response: “Everything will die right away?”
“Right away.” he repeated.
Sensing there was something lost in translation, I rephrased and asked, “Everything will die right now?”
“No.” he said, very matter of factly.
“Do you mean that everything will die some time?” I asked.
“Yes,” he agreed, “everything will die some time, Cole.”
“That’s true.” I said.
And that was that.