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More to life than an obit

Posted Monday, January 31, 2011, at 3:04 PM

I have found that I have reached the age where I tend to turn towards the obituary pages, be it in a newspaper or online. There seems to be a trend as of late where acquaintances of mine appear more often than not on those pages where a person's life is summed up in a matter of words.

How does one sum up years of living in just a few lines? Take my friend that tragically was killed in a construction accident recently. Although he had only lived 46 years, he had accomplished so much in that short span. He had made so many friends just by being Andy, and his life was written in just a few paragraphs.

It boggles the mind to think that when such a positive person; one that lights up a room just by sharing his heartwarming smile or sharing his stories of the accomplishments that his family had achieved can be shared in a mere matter of seconds. A life can not be measured by what is written on the Records page. A life can not be measured by the sermon given during a funeral. I can only hope that those of us that new this kind and gentle man will remember that there is more than what is written in stone.

I often wonder what my obituary will read. How many paragraphs will tell my story? Is my life going to be portrayed as Andy's was? Will I have lived my life sharing my smile and making sure that my loved ones know how dear to me they are? Will I leave a legacy that others will cherish?

I think that the loss of my friend has grounded me a bit. Just when I thought that I had life figured out, I realize that in a matter of milliseconds not only my life but those that surround me will change. That very thought scares me a bit, because I am not prepared neither spiritually nor physically. I believe in the resurrection and all of that, but the unknown has me frightened beyond belief. There are things like a will that I should really get written, who gets what in my demise; not that I have a whole lot of anything, but there is this little doll that my granddaughters may fight over...no not really, it scares them so it may just get tossed away; although it is at this point 51 years old!

I found myself listening to a Christian radio station while driving into work, the day following Andy's funeral. For the first time I realized just why people do listen to those stations. I found a sense of comfort in the music and the Scripture that was being read and I was sure that it was being read directly to me.

As far as my legacy, I'm not done yet... but just in case the good Lord has something else in mind, don't sum my life up in just those few paragraphs that you read in the obituary section, remember my smile, my stories and the good times we have shared. Don't worry though I have plenty of good times yet to come.

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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