Drawings of Patti’s urn.

An email exchange between my sister and me about my (then 3-year-old) niece Maggie soon after Patti’s death. (For those who’ve not yet read my new book, A Kiss Before You Go, we are referring to Patti’s urn, a bear-shaped cookie jar).

Miranda: Maggie says she wants to die so she can be in the cookie jar like Patti. How should I respond?

Me: It’s good.  From now on A) she’ll associate death  with sweets and B) she’ll associate sweets with death. Win-win!


  1. Lynn Cohen

    Out of the mouths of babes! Indeed sweet!

  2. Gina

    Humor in the midst of heartbreak – that’s part of the healing

  3. Barbara Daley

    Leave it to a child to keep things simple!

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