Kids have such tender little hearts, don't they?
The day Little Garter died, we had a funeral. Bubs helped dig the hole. When Daddy suggested we place a heavy rock on the grave, Bubs sobbed and sobbed. If felt too final. Daddy explained that the rock would be there to protect Little Garter and mark the gravesite.
Bubs consented. On the rock, he wrote, "I love you" and drew a heart.
I thought one night of mourning would be enough for a snake, but the kids have been out there many times since...sitting by the grave, placing flowers, telling stories, and crying.