I have to admit that I love funerals. Not meaning that I enjoy funerals—that is something very different. I do love when family and friends gather together and honour someone’s life with stories and remembrance. There is so much that happens at funerals. The services themselves make you think. This last one I’d attended—one of many—I was thinking about the deceased and the memories throughout my childhood. I heard all the kind things said about him, and all of them were well deserved. This made me think of what people would say about me at my funeral.
I think there are a few things that will not be said about me then. Such as:
“I’ve never heard him say a bad thing about anyone.” I can’t say I haven’t said anything less than positive about Trump, Putin, or KJ Un, and despite my man-crush on Justin Trudeau I even talked behind his back with my sisters on Trivia Night. I’ve also said some pretty nasty things about Susan Powter, Mr. Fuji, my fourth grade teacher, the Shamwow guy, All-4-One, and my fifth grade bus driver.
“He would give you the shirt off his back.” This was said that service this week, but for me it depends on what shirt I’m wearing. I have many that I like a lot, and I’d really rather just go to Walmart with the person needing the shirt and buy them one. Plus I’m not the best at sharing my stuff.
“He always gave 110%.” Not only is this scientifically impossible, I usually coast on 50%.
“Now he is ________ (insert favourite activity) with Jesus.” My activity would be wrestling or watching movies, and there’s no way I’m going to take Jesus on in the ring. Plus, I couldn’t possibly watch a movie with Jesus sitting there. I’m afraid he might tsk at the bad parts like my mom used to do. Plus, if I discover that he talks during movies it will ruin my whole Heaven experience.
“He lived each day to the full.” Every morning from 7:00-8:00, every Monday, and every April 30th I definitely do not live life to the full.
I really don’t know what they will say. I think if there was anything I’d want to be remembered for is loving my family, loving my fellow human beings, and that I tried to understand people. Those are the things most important to me.
Congratulations The Rescuers. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actor: Bob Newhart as Bernard in The Rescuers. (I don’t think I knew that was him…)
Best Quote: “Praise the Lord and pass the tax rebate!” — John Wayne as Friar Tuck in Robin Hood.
And did you know that The Rescuers was the first animated Disney movie to inspire a sequel? And it was popular enough in some countries to earn more than Star Wars in 1977. Both France and Germany are good examples.
Happy weekend everyone!