Substitute:What do you think would have happened if Bobby's dad had died instead of his mom.
When is daddy coming home?
Never. Daddy is dead sweetie.
I believe if his dad had died he would have been immediately told he truth. His mom would have most likely have been blunt about the topic instead of hiding the truth. He probably would have understood that his dad wasn't coming home. His mom would have taken charge instead of shutting down. He also would have eaten the sandwiches and as a result been called fluff.