Monday, May 8, 2017

Breaking News from the Obits

     This morning's obits lists a man who "passed away on the age of 60, surrounded by his family and friends."  Not right of course -- my kids are all older than that and they're still kids.
     But anyhow, what I started to tell you is that he is survived by "his wife Mary Ellen...his daughter Melissa...his son Brian..., daughters Naomi...and Michele..."   There's a story back of that, one suspects, but again I digress. 
      Nine grandchildren are listed, all with interesting names ----MacKenzie, Bethanie, Morgan, Cooper,... but anyhow, what I wanted to tell you is that 
     in addition to a long list of close friends, he is survived by
four dogs, a cat, and a rabbit.


  1. I've seen similar obits here. In cases where the decedents have fewer grandchildren with interesting names, the pets usually get mentioned by name. ("He was survived by his four dogs, Snoopy, Lassie, Bo, and Diddley; his cat, Schrodinger; and his rabbit, Harvey.")

    And I'm guessing that the daughter/son/daughter/daughter order of mentioning "the kids" was simply a birth order thing. In my family, it was daughter/daughter/son/daughter, and that's the order I observed when I wrote my mother's obituary.

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