I celebrate life, so I decided to write this to my friend. I share it with you now:
How long do you think our dearly departed loved ones want us to weep over their loss? What if they're in heaven above (if you believe in such a thing) and just smiling down. (No doubt saying "What's Happenin'?")
I have lost so many friends in recent years, I would hope that if and when I meet up with a lost loved one in that great beyond, our first conversation doesn't start out like this...
MJ: How's the food here?
Friend: We don't eat. We live on bliss!
MJ: Is that like a shake?
F: Same old MJ!
MJ: I cried a lot when you passed away!
F: I was right here! All you had to do was think of me!
F: I don't remember you calling me everyday... why cry everyday?
MJ: It's a personal thing, I guess!
F: How about listening to my favorite music?
MJ: That happens... sometimes...
F: Did you have a picture of me hanging around?
MJ: I think in a scrapbook...
F: Did you ever tell anyone about the time we drank all those beers and stole that...
MJ: ...Ahem! ...Good point!
F: You see...It's really a short walk on planet Earth... and when your time comes...It's really not all that bad!
MJ: But... I did miss you!
F: I was always with you! More than when I was on that revolving orb we called Earth!
MJ: But you were not with me in person!
F: No! But... I was in your heart... and there you never have to say goodbye! I was always there... that close to you.
MJ: (Changing the subject) So... no lobster up here?
F: When did I ever eat lobster?
MJ: Oh..I thought...
F: How much about me did you even know?
MJ: Point taken! So... What do we do about the people we left behind?
F: We see them when they call out to us. We hear them when they whisper. It's cool.... Except if it interrupts a bocce game!
MJ: Who's playing?
F: Your Grandma...and your great great great uncle Rastus!
MJ: Say what?!
Smile! Life (and afterlife) is not that bad. Especially if you surround yourself with people you love... Here in the now.. and those who left before us.
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