Monday, October 25, 2010

When You Leave This Planet . . .


by Kate Collins

I’ve been trying to find a lighthearted topic for my blog this week, but right now it’s not easy to feel that way about much of anything. So instead I thought of something sort of, well, let’s just say, something to ponder: When you leave this planet, what secrets will you leave behind for others to discover?

When my mom passed away a few years ago, my siblings and I had the sad and awkward task of packing up the contents of her house, which meant having to go through each cabinet, closet, and drawer, exposing every tiny element that made up her entire life. It was awkward because we knew there were things she wouldn’t have wanted us to find.

At some time I will face that most difficult task again. But not for a long while. I’m so not ready. Yet the suddenness of my husband’s death made me realize that it could be my turn at any moment. Or your turn. We sure don’t choose when we get to go.

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you were suddenly snatched from your life? Do you have dresser drawers stuffed with things you’d rather others didn’t know about? An underwear drawer that you REALLY don’t want anyone to go through? (Think baggy, stretched out undies.) Are there junk drawers in the kitchen that would be an embarrassment? Treasures that you would want certain family members to have – or not to have? File cabinets filled with papers that should have been discarded ten years ago?

Okay, now be honest. Are you suddenly feeling the need to clean out your closets?

It’s something to ponder, isn’t it?