It caught my eye because when you reach a certain age (uh hum) you do think about it more. Basically what I gleaned from the LONGGGG article was death is a fact (yeah we know that), and when we actually know that, life becomes more important. Have you noticed that at a funeral of a family member or friend? I know I do and especially if the deceased is young(er).
I smiled at a couple of the statements, one "Americans are good about covering their anxieties of death under an order of fries or a trip to Walmart."
So I looked at my girl the other night and said, you know, I am glad I am me. I cannot remember (after 14-15 yrs old) ever wanting to be someone else. Or wanting what they had.
She looked at me and said, but we have always had about what we wanted, didn't we?
I answered her, BUT WE NEVER WANTED MUCH. (And in the beginning of our marriage we did not. She was enough for me.) I said, remember we didn't need a new car, a bigger trailer, apartment or house. YOU were the main thing in my life. I really did not need anything else. I am smiling now because MA way up in Ohio has been talking a lot this year about love. So I guess LOVE is really all we needed, the rest was incidental.
AS we have aged we have thought of death more. I have mentioned it here in my blog. But it is healthy thoughts. When I am concerned about heart attacks (and I have been several times, my dad and a brother died of heart failure) I ask folks who have had a heart attack. The symptoms are not the same. My brother said it was like a train ran over his chest. My nephew said, he thought it was gas and my dad hurt in his left arm. That is only a few answers I gleaned.
NOW MY POINT:
Thanks to friends and some family we have accepted the fact that most likely one of us will be left alone. Again I ask questions. I read, sometimes I get a short but poignant point from MA, Paula, Helen, Rose, Shirl, Kat and my best friend Sonny before he died. NO ONE paints a rosy picture but you all say:
LIFE goes on and you deal with it.
So we know it is coming, and we know we will be shocked. And I do not doubt we do not know HOW shocked. but when you have never experienced it................
PS: I miss my word counter......