Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First Lines and Last Thoughts

I know. It's Tuesday and I'm not supposed to be here - but I was catching up on my backlog of FRINGE last night and there was a part of one episode that struck a chord with me:

"There's a lot you can tell about a person's last day. He doesn't know he will die. He leaves a lot of things behind." - Walter Bishop

It made me think about the first lines of Before Ever After:

"Jasmine. It was not Max Gallus's top choice for his last thought, but it would have to do. He wondered if there was time to say it out loud."*

How about you? Any thoughts on last thoughts? What would you leave behind?

*Copyright © 2011 by Samantha Sotto-Yambao


C.M. Villani said...

Good opener, Sam. :)

I always tell my husband I love him when the feeling strikes - even if I just said it five seconds before hand. One day when we were younger he asked me why I did that. I told him if something ever happened I wanted to make sure I didn't regret not telling him more often. :D

Anonymous said...

I think you really have to put thought into this so that you remember it when it does come down to your last thought.

I fainted 2x in my life and my last thought before fainting, on both occasions, was "Oh crap."

So, I need to practice thinking last thoughts. Thanks for reminding me. =)

Alice Loweecey said...

I once spun out on an icy highway and crashed sideways into a guardrail. If I'd shuffled off this mortal coil that morning as my rigid arms gripped the steering wheel, my last word would've been: "S***!" Not exactly how you want to greet your Maker. :P

I try to remember often to tell my husband and kids that I love them. That way, if I'm not near them when The Moment comes, they'll know. :)

Denise said...

My husband and I always kiss each other goodbye and say "I love you." If something happens to one of us, we each feel it should be the last thing we heard the other say. The best part is that, after 15 years, we still mean it.

What would I leave behind besides a very cool car? I like to think the most important things immortalize me: kindness, compassion, and fond memories full of laughter.

Catherine Stine said...

ocmom's comment gave me a laugh. I think I might say, "Oh, crap!" too!
Um, wow. I'd like to leave behind some really solid published novels, and some amazing oil paintings, and feel certain that my 2 boys have their acts together and have love in their lives. Oh, and hubby? I always tell him that I love him.

EQ said...

"Oh no!,did I update my list of passwords on our bank account and the on-line stock trading last night?"

Funny,I worry more about the updated passwords than the afterlife.Lol.

Scrollwork said...

Just today I was thinking, "Would it be Mission Impossible to train the hubby to log onto my etsy shop and be sure to ship any orders that come in after I die? So that my work doesn't get donated back to the thrift store?"

I see EQ's point: if your soul is secure about eternity in heaven, the afterlife isn't a worry.

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

C.M. - "I love you" is definitely something that can never be said too often :)

OCMom - Okay, you owe me a laptop. I just spurted coffee out of my nose. ;)

Alice - LOL! A similar thing happened to me. (I lost control of my car (there was sand on the road and I wound up in the opposite lane!) I remember thinking - "At least I shaved my legs today."

Denise - That's so sweet! (And now I'm curious about that cool car of yours!)

Catherine - I have a feeling you won't have any trouble leaving that legacy :)

EQ -Echoing what Scrollwork said. Where you are going after this life is not something you'd like to worry about at the last minute. Good for you! :)

Scrollwork - I would think that your problem would be keeping up customer demand for your products :)

(Oh, and guys, if you haven't checked out Scrollwork's creations at her etsy shop, you're missing out on adding a touch of whimsy to your day :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/scrollwork)

Jennifer Hillier said...

I'm sure my last thoughts would be REALLY sappy, and I'm so not a sappy person. I'd be wondering if I've told everyone I loved that I loved them, because that's the one thing I'd want them to know.

Wow, now you've really got me thinking...!

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Jennifer - It makes you wonder about all those "famous last words" quotes, right? Did these guys write a draft first or what? ;-)

Brandie Lagarde said...

I actually almost hemorrhaged to death once and my mom later told me that I told her to take care of my babies and clean up. I passed out and woke up later in the hospital, where the nurse told me that I briefly came to and asked her why she was poking me with needles. So sometimes you just don't know what you will say! Now I make sure all six of my kids and wonderful husband know how much they mean to me!

Cat said...

So far, when I've been really terrified, my last thoughts have either been "Oh God!" (prayerfully) or the first part of the Act of Contrition.

Samantha Sotto-Yambao said...

Brandie - Yikes! That sounds scary - but leave it to an awesome mom to think of her kids in her hour of need :)

Cat - You're blessed to have that kind of faith and presence of mind :)