Oh, the wisdom children possess and the joy they bring us. Our granddaughter, Cassie Ann, spoke with me on the phone last evening. She announced that Cookie died today. Cookie was a beloved family pet - in dog years she was 70-plus - and, since Cassie is now 4, Cookie has been a constant presence in Cassie's life. After telling me about Cookie's demise, she further announced, "You're going to die someday, too, Grandma." The little prophetess was on a roll. She then proceeded to say, "I'll die someday. We're all going to die, Grandma." She even sounded joyful about it. I was left pretty much speechless after these revelations and could only mumble something about hoping she'd be around for a long time.