Three-year-old Mary's parents were in the process of building their dream house. The family was excitedly making plans for the day they would be able to move into their new home. One dark cloud over their anticipation, though, was the old family cat. The aged cat, in addition to other age-related ailments, had become incontinent. Despite her best efforts, Kitty seemed unable to keep from wetting on the carpet.
Mary's mommy and daddy really didn't want kitty urine in the new carpet in the new house, which meant that Kitty would have to be banned to a garage or uncarpeted area, which meant that she would be separated from the family for the most part. So the difficult decision was made to have Kitty put to sleep before the move.
Afterward, Mommy and Daddy carefully explained all this to Mary and told her that Kitty was now in heaven. Mary seemed to understand and accept it all.
Some time after the move, a friend of the family came to visit Mommy. Not quite ready to receive her visitor, Mommy asked little Mary to entertain her guest for a few minutes. Mary was a good conversationalist for one so young and easily engaged the friend in conversation, asking about the young woman's family. In the ensuing conversation, the guest remarked that her father had recently died and was now in heaven.
At that, Mary thought a moment, then nodded her understanding and said, in a voice full of sympathy, "Did he pee on the carpet?"
Thanks to Hilary at The Smitten Image for including this post as a Post of the Week.