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Three Day Weekend, we hardly knew ye.

And to end it with a bang, I have to have a discussion about death with Junior when he watches a Disney movie where the grandfather not only dies of lukemia, he dies right there in front of the granddaughter.

I need to figure out how to talk about these things in language he can understand without scaring him. “Disease” just isn’t a concept he’s familiar with. “Is that like when you break your arm? Or if your eyes are too big?” (Huh?) “No, it’s more like if your eyes stopped working and you couldn’t see anything anymore. But that wouldn’t kill you” (unless it was brain cancer or something but really, do we need to go there at 9:30 on a Sunday night when he should already be in bed? No, I don’t think so.)

I just don’t want him to start obsessing about cancer and disease and people dying. Although he just handles the people dying part so well. I’d give anything to have that attitude. It’s very matter-of-fact at this age. Just another thing that happens that he doesn’t really understand but just takes it as something that happens. Like how I know when it’s time to put the recycling out by the curb. Actually, it causes about that much emotion in him at this point. He seems to get the “never see the person again” concept but it doesn’t bother him. I suppose that will change when it’s someone he actually knows and cares about.

But I don’t really want to think about this stuff right now, thanks so much Disney Channel.