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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Today's Quotation is:
" Death is a dignitary who when he comes announced is to be received with formal manifestations of respect, even by those most familiar with him."
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914

Perhaps it's living in a relatively small town where nobody is more than 2 degrees of separation away, but there have been a number of deaths lately. All since the holidays began.

Nobody's new to death anymore at our age. I'm pretty used to it. But the recent deaths have all been of good, gentle people. It's as if little lights have gone out all over town, dimming all those left, too...

Yes, we must meet death with formal manifestations of respect. It helps those surviving and reassures in a peculiar way. We need the traditions. The casseroles, the mourning clothes, the sympathy cards. They count. They hold us together and keep us going on.

The coincidence of today's quote and the biggest thing on my mind is somehow comforting, too, though I'm sure there's some kind of spyware/Satanic marketing behind it. ;)

Well. May we all rest in peace tonight.


Anonymous said...

I love the visual of the "little lights all over town going out", leaving our world just a tad darker.

Austan said...

That's how it seems; the world's a tad darker now. I didn't know any that have died very well, but they were all part of Us. If your own candle was burning low you could relight it just by knowing they were burning bright.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You have a beautiful way with words, Laura.


Austan said...

Thank you Arleen.
You're no slouch yourself, girlie.