Daily prompt: Just a thought…

Daily Prompt
Finite Creatures
At what age did you realize you were not immortal? How did you react to that discovery?

Only the young and tactless would post a prompt like this on a site like this, known to encompass members of all ages and stages of health and fitness. Yep, we’re all going to die, but do you really need to shove our faces in it?

A quick skip through the grid suggests that most people have responded either with admirable attempts at flippancy, or with short, pithy broadsides suggesting WP pull its head in. But having lived for the last six weeks with possibility that my sister (and best friend) had cancer (she hasn’t!) I’m not feeling particularly gung-ho about the subject, and I’m pretty sure there’ll be others here even less impressed than I am.

I know about death. I’ve known about death for a very long time. My own demise doesn’t worry me particularly, although I’d prefer to skip a gradual decline and attendant suffering. But once it’s done, I’ll either know nothing, or be reunited with those who’ve gone before (except my mother-in-law, hopefully). All well and good for me. But not for those I’ve left behind.

And that’s what you’re blithely disregarding here, children of the Daily Prompt. Discussing mortality may be an interesting intellectual exercise for you, but in other circumstances, it’s a world of grief.


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10 Responses to Daily prompt: Just a thought…

  1. We are immortal. So is your mother-in-law. But it doesn’t sound as if you’ll be seeing her.

  2. Aunt Beulah says:

    Amen and amen, Helen. I do consider my mortality from time to time, but its fleeting and not something I would inflict on others.

  3. None of us get out of this alive, but no one really wants to talk about it. It’s part of our shared culture, I think. Even more so when we have confronted death and terminal illness in our loved ones, and start paying attention to those obit notices. Memento Mori.

    • It’s essential, I think, to talk about death after it’s happened – to allow people to mourn openly instead of trying to pretend that once the funeral’s over, that’s it. Such nonsense! There was probably a lot to be said for the statutory wearing of black, that said ‘I’m not back to normal yet.’ But I really don’t want to dwell on the fact that at 72, my time here is getting shorter by the minute!

  4. Young, tactless, and lacking in creativity since ALL of these are repeats. I’m very glad your sister is okay. That must be a very big relief.

    • Thanks, Marilyn. It’s a huge relief. Being copers by nature, we tend to keep our cool through these crises and only acknowledge later we’ve been tense enough to twang.
      The thing that irks me most about the DP staff is that they have such obvious contempt for the raison d’etre for their no-doubt-handsomely-paid jobs – ie, us.

      • Noah Weiss says:

        That’s a good point about the raison d’etre. Although I used quite a few Daily Prompts last year, I noticed toward the end of the year that they were getting into repeats. Although new bloggers wouldn’t notice, I definitely did.

        Love your rail against the prompt.

      • It seems to me that people in positions like this should THINK occasionally. At the moment, thought is sadly lacking.

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