p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Dad, did my goldfish go to Heaven?" Declan Weston asked his father as they sat at the table working on his math homework./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"The boy's goldfish, Goldie, had died the evening before. Declan was five now, and full of questions. This was something that Paul and Mia encouraged./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Yeah Dad, did Dec's goldfish go to Heaven?" Nine-year-old Allison chimed in./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Well, you know, they say that all dogs go to Heaven, but I bet God lets goldfish in too." Paul was trying to answer the question in a way that would ease their minds, but also not confuse them about what they had learned in Religion class./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"When Allison was born, Mia insisted that their children be baptized into the Catholic Church and that they attend a Catholic school. Paul was indifferent toward the church, but he knew that it meant a lot to Mia, so the children attended St. Brigis Academy. Paul's children came home almost every day with a new question, usually involving a religious aspect. Most times Paul fielded those types of questions to Mia because she was more in tune with the teachings of the church, but on this evening Mia was out of town for a conference, and wouldn't be home until the end of the week./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Do you remember last year, when your mom and I brought your goldfish to school so Father Raymond could bless him during the Animal Blessing?" Paul asked his children. "/p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;"Oh, yeah! He said the blessing, then he sprinkled all the animals with water." Declan exclaimed./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""Well, I have it on good authority that Pope Francis said that we'll see our animals in Heaven," Paul told his children./p
p style="max-height: 999999px; font-family: Verdana, Verdana, Arial; font-size: 13px;""I'm really glad that we got goldie blessed. I know he didn't do much except swim around in his bowl, but he was a good fish." Allison told her father and brother./p