So after thrilling you with my not so elegant response to the ‘duck and elephant question‘ the other day I thought I’d run yet another big questions past you guys…
This afternoon, as we got in the Big White Bus to come home Zoe asked me
“What is an end?”
I had to ask her to repeat herself because I wasn’t sure that I had heard right, and then I stumbled around a bit until I could think of something that would explain such an abstract concept…
Me – “You mean like the end of a book? or the end of a piece of string? that kind of end?”
Zoe – “Songs have ends.”
Me – “Yep songs have ends.”
Izzy – “Will the world end?”
Me – “umm… er…”
Zoe – “Will the world end when you and Daddy die?”
Me – “No the world will still be here when we die. The world doesn’t end when someone dies”
For a second I thought about adding that although the world doesn’t end when someone dies, sometimes you might feel so sand you think it will, but that would just confuse the issue even more. Keeping to the fact of the matter was the plan.. facts woman.. facts…
Me – “Do you remember when Grampy died? We were very sad but the world didn’t end did it?”
Zoe – “nope”
Izzy – “Does everything have an end??”
Ok so that stumped me… does everything have an end??
Does everything finish or end or die eventually? I mean people have an end. Nothing lasts forever does it? So did I just lie to my girls when I told them that the world won’t end?
Not that I was going to get into a deep and philosophical conversation about the world and how it might have begun and how it might end right then and there as I was doing up their seat belts. I am pretty sure they were after a few facts and some reassurance about how ‘their world’ works not ‘the world’ in general.. but it did make me think as we drove home.
Does everything have an end?