This afternoon Remy and I were at a birthday party for one of his school friends.
There was a young woman there, dressed as Ariel, the mermaid from the movie The Little Mermaid.
She was all youthful loveliness and light, wearing a tiny and very sheer mermaid dress. She was patient with the kids and even made them balloon animals.
Then she gathered the children around her for story time.
About twenty kids aged three and four years old sat on the floor in front of her with their legs crossed and a look of expectation on their precious cake-stuffed faces.
She opened story time in a breathy voice with "Who likes adventures?", to which every kid but one said "ME!". And that one kid? "I like death", he said loudly.
Without a pause she looked that boy in the eye and said "To the organized mind, death is the next great adventure".