Well, I guess George is finally movin' on up to the deluxe apartment in the sky.
I wonder if it was an open casket. Probably not, since he died four months ago. That might have been a bit too macabre for his guests.
It got me thinking about my own funeral.
My good friend Marty was given a big blast for a milestone birthday. ( I won't say which one because I want to keep her as a friend.)
Two of Marty and Jim (her hubby's) friends are a funeral parlor director and his wife. I'll just call them Sandy and Jack.
In the town that I live in, there are three funeral homes from which to choose for the last hurrah.
Sandy and Jack have the nicest one. It's my opinion, having been in their establishment only one time. Something about the ambience that would put a client at ease. Of course, death might do that too.
Plus, Sandy has been very nice to me on the few occasions that we happen to share the same air. I knew I would be in good hands with her and her husband.
I have specific ideas about my funeral and having had a couple white wines, I shared them with my new best friend, Sandy, and whomever was fortunate enough to be sitting near us at the dining room table.
I figured this was as good a time as any to let her know what my final requests were.
If I left it up to my kids, they would, no doubt, take a vote and bury me the way they felt was best. Quick and clean. And, since I usually like to be in control of things, I decided to grab the reins. I was there and Sandy was there, so, I figured it was meant to be. My Irish grandmom, Memommy, would call it God's way.
It was an opportune moment that might never come again. I took another sip or two and began my monologue.
I didn't want to come across morbid, so I added a bit of humor to the conversation. I was unaware that the room was silent except for some wine-laden party goer expounding about coffins, and such. Oh, that's right, that was me. !!
I was telling her that if, when I arrived at her establishment, I looked at all adorable, to leave the casket open. No use depriving my friends and family of one last look at my awesomeness. And, on the offchance that the cuteness just wasn't there, to indeed, close the lid. I think I said something about making me look ten pounds thinner, but around that time I became aware of my audience. Someone was saying how I should have been a stand-up comic. Some strange man wanted to book me for his next dinner party. (OK, I'm making up that last part)
All I ask is that my family doesn't contest my will and leave me decomposing for four months, like poor Sherman Hemsley's heirs did.
If that should happen, Sandy, a closed casket might be best.