All Of Us: Americans Talk
About the Meaning of Death
collection edited by Patricia Anderson
selection from an interview with Marilee Longacre
A friend of mine had died and several of the people who knew him were
sitting around together, in my kitchen. This was when I was still married
had the house. The kids were playing in the other room and we were talking
and my brother-in-law described how this guy he knew had died. He had
the day fishing, which he loved, and had a great dinner and, you know, a
romantic night with his wife. Then he just quietly died in his sleep.
My daughter, who was around six or seven, walked in just in time to hear
someone say, "Wow, I wish I could die like that." And she said, very
factly, "Everyone gets their own." I said, "Their own what, honey?"
was talking about the sandwiches we'd made for the kids or the cake we
going to have later. And she said. "Everyone gets their own death. You
have to share."
Then she got her glass of apple juice off the counter and walked out of
room and we all just looked at each other with our mouths hanging open. It
was one of those moments, you know? Where everyone's going, "Uhh-- yeah."
I'll never forget that. Never.
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