First thing in the van after school today “There was a TRAGEDY at school today Mom!”
Immediately, a million scenarios raced through my mind. I quickly grabbed hold of my thoughts and asked for my 4th grader to give me a few more details before I freaked out.
What tragedy? What do you mean sweetheart?
“Well, it wasn’t a very good day for Ricky today, Mom.”
( OK, so perhaps there was just a little too much emphasis on the word TRAGEDY)
Oh? Do you want to tell me what happened?
“Well….you see…He died today.”
(Nope, death =TRAGEDY.)
Things running through my mind:
- No one else in the pick up line seemed distraught today.
- I don’t remember getting an email about this.
- Who is Ricky?!?!? ( I should really pay better attention. I am the room-mom this year. Geez….)
Before I could say anything else…..
“My heart is really sad about it because Ricky was my favorite hermit crab- Lucy is still alive- but there is nothing we can do about Ricky now. A friend and I stayed after to make sure he was really dead. She has a hermit crab at home so she knows about these things. She tried to do all his favorite tricks to make him come out of his shell but he was a goner. So we wrapped him in a tissue & made him a little tombstone. It said R.I.P Ricky. We love you”
Ah, I see….Ricky, the class Hermit Crab. ( a moment of silence).
Kaitlyn once saved up all her school reward tickets in exchange to get to be the “caretaker” of Ricky and Lucy for an entire school day. They had spent quality time together and bonded. Thus the “TRAGEDY”. I am so thankful for our teachers that are willing to face life and death with our kids. I am also thankful that this is the first small pet death we have had to encounter.
R.I.P. Ricky. My he live forever in our hearts.