Mine would involve snacks served on skulls.
The other night I watched as stars were interviewed on their way to the Emmys.
Back in the *day* (AKA pre-Tornado) I used to camp out on the couch and watch the entire red carpet event.
I snarked about the dresses. I mocked the hair-dos. I devoured each and every interview with Giuliana.
I blocked off my entire evening and hung with Hollywood.
These days I tend to forget The Emmys is even on (for shame!!) and merely catch a few moments at the tail end of the event.
This year I caught not even the “tail moments” but just one interview.
Minnie Driver’s response when asked about the passing of Robin Williams.
She said (paraphrasing):
I was at an event recently where instead of a moment of silence to remember Robin we had long period of applause. No entertainer wants silence.
(I believe she was referring to this event)
For some reason this snippet stuck in my mind as it struck me as such a fantastic point.
A long period applause.
It made perfect sense to me.
I imagined how Robin Williams a man of frenetic energy would have possessed a monkey mind much like mine.
I pondered how a period of silence might not be how he’d wish to be remembered.
I considered how, for a man of boundless energy, the silent, still moment might feel more like punishment than a remembrance.
(yep. this is how my mind works. it latches on and ponders more than Minnie intended, I’m sure)
Her comment made so much sense to me.
mine would involve temporary tattoos.
Her words sparked me to think about how we recognize death and how many choose/ask for a celebration of life when they are gone.
Minnie’s words also made me consider how I’d want to be (fingerquote) celebrated (unFQ) and how this is a clear indication of how I see myself and of how I choose to live.
Even as I type this out (and reread and edit. you can thank me for publishing the shorter version later.) it makes perfect sense and yet I wonder if it will “click” with any of you.
How we are remembered is an indication of how we lived and what we valued when we were here.
A long period of applause.
For the majority of us American-types today is a day off from work and “laboring.”
And for that reason I close the comments, send you on your Saying Farewell to Summer!!! way and ask you keep these final questions in mind:
- What would be your version of a long period of applause?
- What action (big or small) is symbolic of how you live your life and how you’d choose to be remembered?