When you’re a parent you are very often under the impression that it’s the PARENT who does all the teaching. Well what a lovely surprise it was to have my children teach me something – about death. I was shocked that they wanted to ‘say goodbye to Papa’. There was a great deal of shielding going on.. shielding them from everything: an open casket, crying adults, the coffin at the cemetery. In the end they really insisted on seeing it all and partaking in it all – I was shocked at how well they handled it and how it was so cathartic for them. Who knew? And they taught me that death can be a moderately acceptable part of the cycle of life – especially if you learn a little about it early. Thank you Ezra and Zoe for being lovely grandchildren, and very wise kids.