Every night, for the last few days, this pattern of conversation has been repeating …

The bedtime story is over, the lights are switched off, and then I am lying there in the dark, listening to their take on life…

So, here goes:

Ameya: Amma, when will you die?

Ananya: When we grow up.

Ameya: When we grow up, this building will fall and you will die? ( I do not know where she caught the building idea)

Me: I may not die exactly when this building falls…

Ameya: When you die , will you tell God to send you back?

Ananya: She may not come back as a human being, she may be a cow, a goat, anything…( dont know where she heard that!)

Ameya: Dont worry, when you die, I will catch hold of your dupatta tightly and hide behind you and come with you to God…and ask him to send you back!

Ananya( already in tears by now): AMEYA! STOP THIS! You are making me cry!

The session ends with me comforting them over my own funeral with reassurances that I will not die very soon!

Makes me wonder, what will my real funeral be like????



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Devishobha Chandramouli

Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.

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