In the car.
Mama: I had four cats when I was a little girl! My favorite was Puffy.
Avi: I like Puffy. I want to meet Puffy.
Mama: I’m sorry, honey. They’re not around anymore; they died when I was a kid.
Avi: What is died?
Mama: Well, animals and people only live for a while. When they’re done living their life, they die. We say goodbye and tell them we love them. And I believe, not everyone does, but I believe their spirit turns into a new animal or person. Every animal and person has a spirit.
A couple days later, cuddling in bed.
Avi: I want this…I want this to be always…
Mama: You want to cuddle forever?
Avi: I want this to be forever. I don’t want us to be spirits.
Mama: Oh, honey, don’t worry. You have plenty of life ahead of you. Mama’s not going anywhere. We won’t be spirits for a long time.
And it was with saying this to my child that I finally believed it myself.