July 10, 2010

It just gets sadder by the minute

Over the Fourth of July, we visited the cemetery where my grandpa is buried.

Now, before we get any further into this, you have to know that my kids are completely and utterly confused by who is dead and who is NOT dead.

For the record: Grandpa Great is actually dead.

Not actually dead people are: my sister Verity (the one that just got married) and my brother Morgan.

Now, while Morgan thinks it's hysterically funny, Verity does not. She is very much ALIVE thankyouverymuch, and would like my children, mostly Danny, to recognize that fact. We thought she was making progress with the shortlings, but then we went to the cemetery.

We took flowers to the grave, and placed them near the headstone. We also took an American flag, because Grandpa-Great was a soldier.

After a few minutes, Danny started walking through the graveyard, looking at the headstones. After a while, he stopped. He stood in front of one in particular, sang a little song, then gently touched the marker and said, "Verity." When he was finished paying his respects he stood and walked back towards us. "Verity over 'der. Me miss her," he said.

Meanwhile, Thaddeus was reading all the names of the people who had passed on.... then he saw it.


"Dora is dead?!" he asked, the proof staring him right in the face. "This day just gets sadder and sadder by the minute!"

And with a dead Grandpa-Great, a dead Verity, and a very dead Dora the Explorer, who am I to argue?


  1. I am very glad I wasn't drinking anything when I read the last part. I laughed so hard my sister and husband looked at me like I was crazy. Dora the Explorer is dead. HAHA Your children are too cute.

  2. I can't believe Dora died. That is just so sad.

    (SO FUNNY!)

  3. HA HA HA HA!!!! I love your kids, they are the best! (Your sis looks gorgeous in her wedding dress.)

  4. i have been reading these post about your kids/Danny to my daughter. We have been laughing so hard. they are so cute/funny.

  5. LOL, I want to meet your kids! They sound adorable!

  6. I *WISH* Dora were dead. Then I wouldn't have to listen to her at 1:30 in the morning while Moxie "frows up".

  7. That boy cracks me up - but then, you already know that.

  8. That's just because he says the darndest things whilst in your presence Karen.

  9. That is too funny and so cute!

  10. Nothing like bringing the kids to the cemetery for a little comic relief. By the way I really wish Dora the Explorer was Dead too!

    Tell your sister she is beautiful and I love her wedding dress.

  11. Hey any chance you're going to a Bingham family reunion this week?

  12. Dora was so young. Such a tragedy.

    Sometimes life is actually harder when the kids are old enough to read.