From the movie: “Jackie”
Jackie went into Caroline’s bedroom to tell her children that their father was no longer with them.
JOHN JR: Mommy, where’s Daddy?
JACKIE: Daddy won’t be coming home.
CAROLINE: Why not?
JACKIE: Daddy had to go see your baby brother Patrick. In heaven.
JACKIE: Because I’m here with you. And we don’t want Patrick to get lonely, do we?
CAROLINE: But what about us?
This last remark sounds so tragic: lies disguised as stories told to children resemble the lies we tell ourselves, to make reality less painful.