Since sadness tends to take over, I thought it might benefit my husband and children if I gave them some ideas for my eulogy now. God willing, this won't be used for a long time, so we'll call it a "shitty first draft" as inspired by Anne Lamott in Bird by Bird.
(I'm sure a special bullet will be added when I survive all three of my daughters' teenage years!)
Eulogy Edition One
Humor: She found the humor no matter the situation. Sometimes her laughter came at inappropriate times, but she laughed nonetheless.
Dance: She loved to dance, although she was plagued with two left feet. She preferred not to do so in public, unless her daughters asked her not to. Some of her best dancing occurred in the aisles of Target with three screaming and embarrassed children.
Giving: She'd give you the shirt off her back, whether you wanted it or not. Quite modest, she would delicately hand the shirt to you while she hid behind a door.
Open: Her goal was to be kind to everyone, to base her opinions on people's actions. Unkindness was her biggest pet peeve.
Food: We hope the heavens above are dripping with sugar, since it was her favorite. No longer will we make fun of and judge her favorite sandwich: peanut butter, bananas, and mayo. Nor shall we eat it. It seems best to retire it in her honor.
The focus would be light, entertaining and positive. There should be a lot of upbeat music, none of that somber, make-you-want-to-cry stuff. Funky Town pops to mind.
My mistakes and failings should be put aside. The lives I touched should be eating (yes, you guessed it--tons of sugar), dancing, and remembering the things I did right.
What would you want said at your eulogy?
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