Thursday, June 09, 2005

What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?

I believe it was another famous Joe, Uncle Joey from Full House, who pointed out one great thing about hockey: if you hurt yourself, the ice is right there. As Joseph Cooper of Tucson found out, a similar logic applies to graveyards--as scenes of sudden death go, they are awfully convenient:
Dark clouds were building in the Tucson sky as Joseph Cooper closed his tailor shop for the day. He was intent on making one last stop before heading home and may not have heard the beginning rumblings of the thunderstorm as he drove down Grant Street.

As with every Saturday after work, Joseph, 70, was going to the place that gave him peace of mind, where he could lose himself in the past and pour out his heart. He turned into the East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery and followed the road's familiar curve, stopping at the grave of his thirdborn son.

. . . .

He was heading to his place of solace. There was no way to know it would be the place where he would lose his life. It was after 5 p.m., and storm clouds were moving across the cemetery. Joseph was standing beneath the tree where Oscar was buried, and it was there that a bolt of lightning came out of the sky, through the tree and into Joseph.

Link. I've thought of several possible epitaphs for my personal tombstone over the years, but one seems particularly appropriate:
If you died here, you'd be home by now.

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