In light of recent events, the kids have been asking some thoughtful questions about death and the afterlife. It seems most comforting to me to imagine Puffball in some kind of a cat heaven, complete with catnip bushes and bottomless food bowls and sunny windows with a bird feeder view.
How cats interact in this heaven, however, and just what they take with them of their physical bodies, has been a topic of discussion. Today at breakfast the kids were asking if Puffball would get to meet Lilith. "Lilith was a female, right?"
"Was she spayed?"
"When cats go to heaven, do they get their parts back?"
"Yes", Calvin answers. "There's this guy dressed in white standing at the gate there that gives them back their testicles and stuff."
Ahh, grief mixed with a healthy dose of humor.