Saturday, January 12, 2013
Rest in Peace
I read the obituaries in our local paper every day. I read them in any paper that I read, at home or when I am travelling. I am not looking for someone I know. I am getting to know someone new. These essays are a gold mine of good stories and wonderful writing. "They were together for 63 years, and sang grace each evening with their meal." That sentence alone is a short novel. It has characters, action and an ending. I am heartened by the goodness of so many. I am saddened by the loss of a child. I meet women like me, except that their luck ran out in their fight against cancer. I look at the pictures. Some families choose to present their loved one in the bloom of youth, perhaps in wedding gown or military uniform. Some choose a more recent image. I rarely skip my read. I like knowing that so many lives are filled with family, friends and community. I am enriched.