Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grandpa Is Dead!

Five year old Tony, at bedtime, on the bed, was playing with some toy fire engines.  

His father recognized one of the toys.  Several months before, Dad had bought the toy at the Brandon General Hospital when his father (Tony's grandfather) was dying.  Dad gave the toy to Grandfather to give to Tony.  The toy was to be the means by which Tony would appreciate his grandfather.  Dad feared that Tony would want to shy away from his sickly grandfather.  

Grandfather died two days after he gave Tony the toy.

In bed near Tony, Dad told Tony that the fire engine was a gift from his grandfather.

"Do you know what happened to your grandfather?" asked Dad to Tony.

Tony said that his grandfather had died.

Tony's parents were surprised by his answer.  At the time of his grandfather's death, Tony had said that grandpa had gone to sleep.  How was it that he had learned about death?