Lily hears that her Aunt Martha has passed away, but doesn't know what that means, and spends the rest of the story trying to imagine it in terms of passing a food dish at the table, or passing exams and graduating, or passing out, or cars passing each other, and even passing gas!
I got stuck, though, on the final scene of the story: Aunt Martha's funeral, when Lily will presumably finally understand what was meant. Or will she? I have no idea, and feel like this is one of those puzzles it's best to file away in my subconscious for a while. And so, today I fell short of my mission, though I'm more than happy with what I produced.
Here's an excerpt:
That evening at dinner, when her father asked her to pass the rice, she wondered if that’s what he meant. She imagined Aunt Martha passing someone a bowl of rice, and then a plate of chicken, and then a dish of broccoli...and THEN, accidentally passing away something valuable, like a pile of money, or her dog Chi-Chi, or the hat she always wore to parties.On to day six!
That would make her sad for sure!