Some people read the sports pages first thing in the morning. Some people read the financial news. I go straight to the obits. No, I don’t think it’s morbid at all. How will I know if someone I know has passed away. I’ve travelled many roads throughout my life and I’ve met a lot of people so I want to know if they have departed this world. Needless to say, whenever I find an obit of someone I know, I go into total shock and then I spread the word to those that I think might have known the person and we share our shock and surprise.
A few years back, I saw the obituary of the wife of an ex-boyfriend from high school and felt obliged to attend the funeral. I took time off work and went to the church for the funeral mass. I made sure I got there early so that I could see the family walk in and see what this ex looked like after all these years. Morbid curiosity? Call it what you will. First, an elderly woman walked in. I assumed it was the ex’s mother; after all, I hadn’t seen her in years. Then walks in the husband of the deceased with two teenage girls. Hmmm…Ooops! Wrong funeral. Not the ex. Who the heck were these people? I stayed till the end of the funeral mass, out of respect of course.
No Sex Please – Busy Attending Strangers’ Funerals!