Here is the conversation we had as we left for school this morning - something we nearly always did with our puppy:
This time I didn't cry. My heart melted and I smiled. I think we are going to be just fine.
little r: "Where's Rani, Mommy?"
me: "Rani isn't here anymore, sweetie."
little r, as he placed his hand on his chest: "Yes she is, Mommy. Rani is in my heart."