The idea of dealing with your own death scares the hell out of most people… as well it should.
I was recently reading a story, though, about semi-recently deceased actor, Leslie Nielsen’s grave marker.
For any who don’t know his work, Leslie Nielsen was the comic genius behind the portrayal of a number of professional twits in super-hilarious flicks including, but not limited to, “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun” series.
He was a man who found something he was good at, tried to be serious about it, realized he didn't really want to be all that serious and had more to offer by being a buffoon, embraced it, and endeared himself to generations.
My friggin’ hero. (For the whole “better at being a buffoon” thing)
Most recently, Mr. Nielsen has continued his quest for anonymous laughter by preemptively dictating his own epitaph which reads… “Let ‘er rip”.
Again, MY… FRIGGIN’… HERO!
Being an aspiring comedic buffoon myself, caring only about the few drips of laughter I might be able to wring out of anyone who will spend a few moment to read some of my nonsense… I started thinking.
“If I’m going to make fun of everyone/everything else… Why not death too?.. Just like good ol’ Lieutenant Frank Drebin.”
Now, it may sound weird to those of you who know me or have taken the time to read my insanity before; but I am struggling with exactly which words I might want inscribed on-or-near my final resting place.
People have said very nice things about me in the past, but I don’t want to be presumptuous.
How many “An always loving father”s have you known that were occasionally complete @!$%#s to their kids and the rest of their families when they were still alive? (Me included)
“He was awesome” would be cool, but that only happens occasionally, and putting “He was occasionally awesome”, although funny, is also kinda lame.
I need help here folks… some of you know me and might be able to offer up a few good suggestions… or maybe just tell us all what words you’d like to be remembered by.
It should be noted that I, in no way, shape, or form want to die… I just like to be prepared (I was a boy scout… it’s my nature).
On a final note, the same story reported that a bench near Mr. Nielsen’s grave stone was also dedicated in his name and reads, “Sit down whenever you can.”… I love that guy.