Conversation with Lisa (2)
BEA: “This is what I had yesterday …. Pretty soon I won’t be eating.”
LISA: “What do you mean?”
BEA: “Pretty soon I’ll be in Heaven.”
LISA: “Oh! And what does Your Heaven look like?”
Bea does not answer, busy considering the question.
LISA: “Who will be in Your Heaven?”
BEA: “Jesus ...”
LISA: “Will he be there with open arms?
BEA: “….but what do you mean by My Heaven?”
LISA: “What does Heaven mean to you?”
BEA: “What does Heaven mean to you?”
LISA: “In My Heaven, there would be her two huge dogs.”
BEA: “Why two? Most people have one.”
LISA: “Because I want to be surrounded by unconditional love. Who else will be in Your Heaven?”
BEA: “Heaven? I don’t believe in Heaven.”
LISA: “Where will you go after you are done being here?”
BEA: “I’m going to sleep now.”
Neither Nick nor I can remember Bea ever mentioning Heaven or Jesus. This episode demonstrates a need to believe in something after death, perhaps a throwback to childhood, when Bea was brought up Episcopalian.
Lisa suggests a visit from the chaplain might be appropriate. I decide to invite the chaplain on a day when Bea is talkative.