Saturday, April 5, 2014

Funeral Party

"I would like to make a toast to lying, stealing, cheating and drinking. If you're going to lie, lie for a friend. If you're going to steal, steal a heart. If you're going to cheat, cheat death. And if you're going to drink, drink with me."
~Irish Toast

I love this quote. Who of us hasn't lied for a friend or stolen a heart. Cheating death is maybe not quite as common but drinking with friends is a great evening anytime (I have fun friends).

With Saint Patrick's day last month and a conversation a friend of mine had with my oldest son about being remembered for something, having a legacy, I began to think about my own funeral.

I know-strange and creepy in a way-but how would I want to be remembered?

The Irish part of it was because I love the thought of a loud Irish wake full of music, stories and toasts. I wouldn't want anyone to be dragged to some hole in the ground to cry and mourn. I'd like a vibrant bar with a band and great food and wine. Every so often someone can tell a funny story, joke or non-morose memory.

Let's make it even better-a costume party. I love superheroes so everyone could be a villain or a hero. Although someone should go as the Grim Reaper just for giggles.

My ex-husband. however, should not be allowed to speak. In fact, he'll just be there to make sure I'm dead so someone, preferably one of the villains, please escort him out. He'll bring me down even in death.

And no one is allowed to utter the words "I'm sorry." I've uttered those words many times just because I'm at a loss for something better. You can say "What an adventure her life was" or "I'll miss her sarcasm" but need to be sorry for anything. Unless you are the reason I died-then someone better make sure you're sorry (girls-you know what to do).

So how would you like to be remembered? What accomplishments make you proud? What do you still wish you could do or change to improve your final party?

Are you happy?

Because if there is one thing I've learned in life is you have to be happy.

That's what I want people to say: "She was always happy."

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive."
~Elbert Hubbard

"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company."
~Mark Twain