Thursday, September 11, 2008

Funeral Funnies

Seems a bit disrespectful, but with kids, you just never know what you're going to get. We have recently attended two funerals - one on each side of the family. The boy's reaction to the services, the cemetery, and the whole shindig has been priceless.

Visiting the cemetery in Yakima brought back a memories of the last time we were there, at the funeral of Matt's grandma. While driving in, a 5 or 6-year-old Chance was understandably curious about the grave sites. From the back seat came his questioning voice - "How come some of the markers are tall and some aren't. Did those guys die standing up?"

I reminded him this time, and we all had a good laugh. It must have stayed at the back of his mind, because after the funeral he said - "Why doesn't everyone have a tall marker?" We talked about cost, preferences, etc. His answer - "Mom, when you're dead, you can't spend your money anyway. It's not like you get to take any with you. Might as well buy the tallest one you can."

Chance says, as we're driving through the cemetery, I saw on the History Channel or the Science Channel that someone on the earth dies every 6 seconds.

Colton - 1,2,3,4,5,6 - Somebody's dead. 1,2,3,4,5,6 - 'Nother one's dead. 1,2,3,4,5,6 - 'Nother one's dead . . . .

The rest have to do with the funeral in Waterville, which included military honors. The questions were flying so fast, I'm not sure who to give credit to, so I'll just say it was about 50/50!

Look, dad - soldiers!

What are the soldiers doing here? How come some have different uniforms?

Why are they shooting those guns?

What if they kill a bird? What if a bullet lands on someone's head?

What are blanks? Why are they blanks? Do we have any blanks?

Where's that trumpet coming from? What's he playing?

I CAN'T SEE HIM (imagine the loudest stage whisper)!!!

And, Chance's biggest concern after the two services - When's someone going to die that I get to sit down in those chairs under the tent, so I don't have to stand in the sun the whole time?

1 comment:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Oh gee. Could there be a funnier quip than that last one?! Oh Heather. Your boys make reverence take on a whole new meaning!