Don’t ask why I had reason today to meditate on the meaning of life and death, legacy and detritus. For the purposes of this entry, please just accept that I did.
Much of the meditation happened today on the Cross Island Expressway, the Long Island Express Way, the Throgs Neck, the Northern Parkway and any number of other main arteries in and out of New York City. Given the timing and the traffic, there was much time to ponder (and outrage that the tolls got to be so expensive). Another story for another day when I am musing about driving as a contact sport.
After the mourning, and the tearful yet loving remembrances, comes the task of disposing of a deceased person’s worldly possessions. Remember that bumper sticker, popular in 1980s or 90s, that adorned really expensive cars, “He who dies with the most toys, wins”? Did the people in those cars think that they would be buried with the stuff?
Actually if that kind of acreage weren’t so expensive in this part of the country, that would be a great idea and soooo much easier on the rest of us. No one would have the task of reducing it all to cash for the benefit of the heirs.
I don’t believe that “stuff” is the sum of our lives. But it does bog down the survivors in details that make us forget those we mourn and celebrate the lives they lived.
What I learned today:
If you believe that “stuff” is the sum of your life, just ask an auction house what you are worth and the answer will freak you out.
Things that carried enormous sentimental value or were mementos of wonderful experiences now become “stuff” to be sold off for distribution in accordance with a last will and testament.
- If you want someone to have something when you die, give it to them in your lifetime, so you can see them enjoy it. That someone may not be alive when your executor tries to carry out your wishes.
- If you love your family and friends you will have only two nickels to rub together at the end of your life, because you will have given the rest away during your life time. POB (partner of blogger) wants to time it just right, so we have EXACTLY two nickels, lest people say “they didn’t have TWO nickels to rub together!” (What would I do without my own personal reality check?)