we have gathered here today to honor Greenie, one of the three praying mantids who inhabited various pickle and mayonaise jars in our dining room for the last few months.
Greenie, you were Lucas' favorite. Whenever Kevin or Lucas would catch a bug outside, Kevin would ask Lucas who should get it. And Lucas always said "Greenie".
We will miss the way you would stare at us with your big alien-bug eyes. And the way you would sway back and forth before pouncing on a bee or fly.
I could go on for days about your winning personality, sharp and sometimes biting wit, and surprising sensitive side, but I won't, not today.
So long Greenie. We hope your new life is full of green lucious plants and juicy bugs.
(Turn on your speakers to get the full effect of Greenie's memorial video)
For the past few days, Greenie had been languishing, not very alert. Since it looked like Greenie was on his way out, Kevin put Greenie in the same jar as the surviving healthy one. Though he was dying anyway, the Survivor put the nail in the coffin, so to speak. This mercy killing went on without Lucas knowing.
Then today, Kevin said to Lucas, "I have something sad to tell you. Greenie died." Kevin was probably more upset at having to break the news to Lucas than the actual death itself. Lucas looked at him and said, "It's okay Daddy. We can always get a new one. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to draw you a picture of Greenie, okay Daddy?"
Gosh, we have the best son ever!!!