Actual conversation that happened this past 4th of July, at a friend’s house, while my 5-year-old son and I were changing back into street clothes after going swimming:
Bear: I wonder why you still have a dad.
Me: … Because I’m lucky?
Bear: Sure, but someday your dad will die, and you’ll just have a mom.
Me: Yes, and I’ll be sad when that happens.
Bear: And then one day both of your parents will die.
Bear: And then you’ll be free.
Me: Um… what?
Bear: You’ll be free then. When you have no parents.
Me: Okay… um… but I’ll be sad and have no parents.
Bear: Hey, it’s a free country, baby.