I don't know if I've told you this, but when we got Kinley at six months old he had what I thought was a cyst in his ear. Turns out it was lead shot from a shotgun. In fact, he has a few deep in his body, not unusual, I'm afraid, for dogs from rural areas.
He must have been shot when he was about four months old. Yep.
Anyhow, after my vet removed it, I took it home and put it aside for some reason, then one day I tossed it. I didn't tell Gabriel about it because how do you explain to a young child the reasons why an adult would shoot a puppy?
Somewhere along the line he picked up that this had happened, from a conversation or really, I have no idea. So yesterday out of nowhere he tell me he knows why someone shot Kinley.
His reasoning goes something like this.
Kinley belonged to a hunter. The hunter liked to hunt wolves for their pelt. One day the hunter wanted Kinley to hunt a wolf but Kinley said no because they are in the dog family. So the hunter shot him.
Then he asks "I wonder how that person is now?"
I tell him that I don't know. To which he responds "Maybe they are dead."
And that was it. I thought it was pretty interesting to see how a nine year old tries to make sense of something so unfathomable. It makes me wish I could explain away a great many things with a noble story.
But I have a boy who still can. That's worth something, that is.