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Am I going to hell for this one?

We hosted a rehearsal/BBQ for our Ren Fair group last night and one of our friends brought her 3-year-old daughter. Great kid, currently deeply in the questions stage. They are the family who took in Nemo and Murray when Mark's allergies got too bad.

So, the girl is going around the house asking about things and comes upon a little statue of two cats Mark's dad gave us and promptly asks their names. I know the names because dad named them as soon as I took them out of the box; Nemo and Mao. Well, this created a great deal of conversation about how we could both have cats called Nemo but we finally got it all cleared up and made an understanding that my Nemo was her Nemo.

Then the conversation about Mao started.
"Can I see Mao?"
"Mao isn't here any more either, he died."
"Well, he got very old and sick."
(repeat as child feel necessary until)
"Where is Mao?"

And luckily her mom chimed in with "Mao went to kitty-cat heaven" because the first thing that went through my mind was "Well, I have his ashes right here, want to see?"



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May. 6th, 2004 09:15 pm (UTC)
Is there an Alaska Renaissance Festival?!?!? If so, please do tell me everything about it! :-)

Hey, also, I must have missed whatever crisis you were going through recently - you must have posted about it on one of the (koff*many*koff) days I didnt' get to read my Friends list, and I therefore didn't get to say anything comforting or nice...I'm so sorry! :-( I hope things are better now...I wish I'd been more timely in paying attention...
May. 6th, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
Oh it's all good ;) It's been a stressful time for a lot of people, and I hope you're doing a lot better.

Anchorage has the 3 Barons Ren Fair in June every year. It was sort of a pseudo-historical "Time that never was" thing but I think this year they finally gave up and started calling it a fantasy fair. Basically Good Red Barony (set in the height of the Italian Renaissance), the mysterious Blue Barony (Height of Moorish culture) and the evil Green Barony (which has been Spanish, Irish and I thing finally settled into kind of a Germanic/Nordic thing)meet at Hillshire Village (because the fair used to be on a hillside when we had run of a ski resort and now we're on flat lands in the middle of town) and do a fight show, individual performances etc. I'm part of the pirate guild that hangs out at the Crooked Toad Tavern and sings. I wrote a couple articles about it for the arts newspaper the last 2 years.
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