So, it was an ordinary day, and ordinary things were happening. Frank was going about the business of tracking down his ancestors and Claire was trying to ID a plant. Nothing special. Nothing to indicate that their lives were about to drastically change.
If they had known that the last time they saw each other would be the last time they saw each other, would they have done this last moment differently?
And that is our question this week. What would you have done differently if you knew the last time you saw someone, would be the last time you saw them?
This time of year is always difficult for me. On the Friday after Thanksgiving 1988, my father died. For the 3 weeks prior to that night, he hadn’t spoken a word to me. I had gotten pregnant, with no husband, and well, sometimes dads don’t handle that well. Now, my dad and I were very close and I have no doubt that if he had lived we would have worked through it and everything would have been just fine. But we were both angry and coming to terms with that in our own, very stubborn way. (I come by that and my sarcastic wit verra honestly)
The last thing my father ever said to me was “is it me, or is it hot in here?” and then he turned sideways out of his chair and fell dead on the floor.
Had I known that those three weeks would be the last I would ever spend with him, I’d have been less stubborn, more forgiving, and perhaps still have my father around.
So, now it’s your turn. What if the last time, was the last time? What would you change?