Yesterday we had a freak accident here.
It resulted in the death of eleven of Mattie's (imaginary) children. They are survived by three siblings, Jewel, Catie and Chewy who were not present at the time the beast attacked in Africa, and they are sad.
Mattie appears to be managing just fine, but she said "I wish I would have been there to save them. I'll miss taking them on nature walks."