reading Steve Millers A Sign of the Times (The
Last Word, Spring 2002), Tom and I started thinking about idealization,
not only in obituaries, but also in other places such as Alumni
Notes and Christmas letters. Sometimes when we read class notes
we wonder how every Oberlin graduate except us could have lived
such a perfect life with so many extraordinary accomplishments.
It would give me an inferiority complex if I didnt know better.
One of my goals in life is to write an honest Christmas letter (e.g.
Cindy enjoys playing Solitaire and doing variety puzzles; Tom makes
great burgers on the George Foreman grill and likes taking walks
in the neighborhood and napping in the recliner on his days off.
We both wear earplugs at night so we can sleep through each others
snoring). Be sure to visit Steves GoodBye! web site at www.goodbyemag.com.
We now have a new URL on our bookmarks. When my subscription to
Newsweek runs out, I may have to switch to Goodbye! It might
give me some ideas about what to write for my own obituary.
Cindy Ware Clark 69