My mother would often quote my good friend’s grandfather when death would creep into someone’s conversation especially when the conversation was referring to an unexpected death or the death of a young person. She would say, “Some sooner, all later.” When someone miraculously escapes from a terrible fire or a horrible accident people will say that they cheated death and when someone has lived through a number of close calls that could have ended tragically we say,” He must have nine lives.” The truth was and it is still true, you can cheat at cards and you can cheat the government and you can cheat on your spouse and you can cheat on tests and you can cheat your way to the top, however, you can try your very hardest but you can’t cheat death. A few people actually might have nine lives. The only problem with that is they don’t make it to ten. There is no escaping the inevitable. “Some sooner, all later.”
(KEEP READING IT GETS HAPPIER TOWARDS THE END, AND I MENTION SEX!)
We are all trying to make sense out of something that just doesn’t make sense. People all over the world have been told to “batten down the hatches.” Stay inside, don’t go to work, and don’t visit family or friends. Restaurants and bars are all closed to patrons except a few that are open for take out or delivery. All businesses are closed with the exception of essential businesses such as banks, drug stores, and grocery stores. The streets are nearly deserted except for an occasional human walking their dog. I looked out on my usual busy street from my 16th-floor apartment in the city on a Friday evening. The street was empty except for a young man on a bicycle riding down the middle centerline of the usually jam-packed lanes. Why have our Mayors and Governors and our President given us orders to stay inside of our homes? It is an order to avoid the flu, not just any flu. This is a flu that is easily transmitted and people are dying like flies. The old and the previously ill usually are more likely to die from this illness than the younger healthier patients. Except now we hear there are young people who have died and a few children, there are men in their ’30s and ’40s and 50’s and yes, and a huge amount of seniors have succumbed to this terrible virus.
Why does this sitting in our homes avoiding people and well actually avoiding life, waiting for time to pass seem so odd? I think it is that we know we are actually sitting in our homes trying to avoid death or at the very least postpone it for as long as possible. If there is a knock on the door, dare we answer, or will the Grim Reaper be waiting on the other side?
I am grateful for the fact of death. YES, I SAID GRATEFUL. If you are over 60 you have lost people that you knew and loved. Death takes the pain away. All doctors and nurses know this secret. Death can be a good thing. Do you know almost 100% of doctors surveyed said that they do not want to be resuscitated? 100 %. Think about that. Another good thing about death is that EVERYONE HAS TO DO IT! EVEN HORRIBLE PEOPLE! NO ONE GETS OUT OF HERE ALIVE. I think that is sort of comforting. At least it is to me.
How in the world do we avoid the gloom and doom that surrounds us every day on the news listening to death toll’s surging in our country and around the world? I know this sounds impossible but I think I know what we have to do. We have to remember that it has always been with us. What? Death, death has always been with us since birth. There is no escape so really we have to remind ourselves by FORGETTING. YEP, JUST FORGET IT. EVERYONE HAS GOT TO DO IT, SO JUST FORGET ABOUT IT!!
What have I been doing sitting in my apartment waiting as we all have been waiting for the inevitable??? I AM HAVING FUN! I am reading and writing. I am finishing my THIRD, YES, MY THIRD KNITTED PANDEMIC SRARF!!! Does anyone out there need a scarf, with a few mistakes but they are handmade just the same??? I am listening to music and I dance and sing to the latest Michael Buble. Frank Sinatra is still singing about flying me to the moon. Thanks, Frank. George Shearing is still playing the piano for me and Johnny Mathis is still telling me “What I Did for Love.” I am binge-watching great television series. I am popping popcorn and I have some wine with my dinner and an occasional martini. When Fred and Ginger dance before me on my TV screen, it isn’t a silver screen, but it is a nice television screen, I smile and sing and dance with them.
I am talking to my friends on the phone and I text my youngest son with ideas for his future. Guess what? I even have had a few erotic conversations! It is very good for my ego, for my over 60, ego. I am making plans FOR MY FUTURE TOO, … just in case, the flu doesn’t get me. In other words, F_ _ K DEATH! JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE AND ENJOY every day. GIVE AND RECEIVE LOVE. MAKE SOME ART, MAKE SOME MUSIC, HECK, MAKE SOME FUDGE AND MAKE A MARGARITA! I have said it before and you DO KNOW WHAT THIS BLOG IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT, RIGHT? SO BY ALL MEANS IF YOU ARE LIVING WITH YOUR HUSBAND OR WIFE OR LOVER… BY ALL MEANS, MAKE LOVE!
Try to stay safe, keep dancing and singing and do me a favor by staying alive to read my next post on my blog.
Until Next Week…
2 thoughts on “Some Sooner, All Later”
Sue Ellen, These comments are from my March 31st newsletter, and my point is to keep this virus thing in perspective:
It would be good if we all kept some perspective about this virus. As of this writing on March 28th, the world has had 30,299 deaths from SARS-CoV-2. To put that in perspective, the world has had a total of 14,097,860 deaths from all causes year-to-date. as of 11:53 a.m. Arizona time today (source: Worldometers.com). That means that despite all the headlines, this virus is responsible for only 2/10 of 1% of all deaths in the world. I’m beginning to think the fear factor is worse than the disease.
In the US, an average of 7,778 persons died each day in 2018. At that same rate, by March 27, 2020, this means that we should have had about 676,686 deaths from all causes in the US so far this year. We have had 1,993 deaths in the US from SARS-CoV-2 which means that only 3/10 of 1% of all US deaths are due to this particular malady.
On Sunday, March 29, 2020, immunologist Dr Anthony Fauci was quoted as saying that there could be up to 200,000 deaths in the US from this virus. As bad as that sounds that is only 6/100th of 1% of the US population, or 1 in roughly 1,600 citizens. Way less than my examples a few paragraphs above.
Anyway, Just take reasonable precautions, wash your hands and live life.
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Thank you for that Will. It makes a lot of sense and has a calming effect when thinking about our current pandemic situation.
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