Friday, July 22, 2011

Wise Words...

from Clarissa Pouncer
"When death's agent leaves his dread calling-card at one's door, he also brings a Sense of Perspective. Time is very short, friends, and we Neither Know the Hour nor the Day, as dear old Jesus Christ said. Now is the time to do all that is l...eft undone, particularly those things that we are shit scared of. Particularly all those things that we think we can't do because other people will go hog wild. We must be brave and put our houses in order. Quite literally in my case. Item 1: clear out attic."

On Face book this morning.

27 comments:

Macy said...

Not only do I have my will and Cherub's custody arrangements all written out, but, since I've seen the grief all this can cause, I've also left detailed instructions for coffin type, funeral arrangements, and clothes I want to be cremated in.

Oh yeah, and written instructions for how to update my blog in the event of my death.

They'll thank me later....

Pat said...

Macy: excellent - I'll try to follow your example. Mind you I have known people to blindly ignore written wishes and do their own sweet thing.

Rog said...

"clear out attic"!

Hah! It's all very well to have these lofty ideals...

Pat said...

Rog: 'lofty ideals'.
Cripes it's catching!

Leah said...

Pragmatism *and* philosophy! Very smart.

Scarlet Blue said...

...always very wise to have a clear attic and be wearing a clean pair of knickers... just in case.
Sx

Pat said...

Leah: that's Clarissa for you.

Scarlet: the attic can go hang but the other is really, really important.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

GREAT Advice! It seems to be an on-going process of sorts, doesn't it? The "written words" are in order but there are still many things left undone, that need to ne taken care of--Like, The Attic, as metaphor. OY!

Four Dinners said...

Last time I went in my attic I got attacked by a swarm of angry wasps...paid some chap to erradicate them and he fell of his ladder after they stung him too.

Dangerous place is my attic.

It's safer in the kitchen...food, beer, voddy and no wasps!!!

Personally I've been doing things that send Caz 'hog wild' for 25 years!...I'm on the right track then after all???? Good grief!!!

kenju said...

I started with my pantry today!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Hmmm...I wonder if I should tell Pat to look out for mice in the attic...

...what do you all think, dear readers of Pat's blog?




hee hee

Pat said...

Naomi: I realise I have been remiss assuming MTL could sort it all but he may not be here. My boys had to sort everything when their father died so I must try to simplify things.
Like you the written stuff is done - it's all the clobber. Poor loves!

four D: what a horrible thing to happen. What is the purpose of wasps? Does anyone know?

Judy: You are excellent with clearing stuff - you seem to have been doing it for ages.

GG: now that is unkind. I'm only just recovering from the recent bit of bother. You are wicked.

angryparsnip said...

I am trying to update my will again and it is turning into a huge headache....
Guyana-Gyal is indeed wicked, what a bother that little guy was.
Squeak !

cheers, parsnip

Guyana-Gyal said...

Ohhh Pat, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to be unkind, I was trying to cheer you.

I'm terrified of mice! Of one mouse even.

Pat said...

Parsnip: good luck with that. I should probably look at mine again. Ugh! I'll give you squeak!!!!

GG: I knew you were joking and I was teasing you - a weakness of mine.
Gotcha!

Jimmy said...

Death reminds us of just how good living really is, regardless of the weather.

Pat said...

Jimmy: I thought of you when I saw a satellite view of the weather this morning- with thick cloud over Scotland. I know you won't begrudge our bright sunshine:)

john.g. said...

Dad cleared our attic out after Mum died. 3 vacuum cleaners, 4 tvs, 3 irons, 14 suitcases and various other junk that didn't work!

Pat said...

John.G: thanks John - that's a lesson to us all, although in my experience men are the hoarders.

Jimmy said...

Pat, I have work projects on the go at both Heathrow and Gatwick, so working all night in warmer weather has been very welcoming indeed.

Pat said...

Jimmy: poor you. It's a long journey home.

lom said...

mmmm something else I should think about.

Pat said...

LOM; there's always something;)

Granny Annie said...

My daughter is coming most weekends to help me clear the clutter from our home. She is an amazing organizer and can also make me discard things with no intrinsic or even sentimental value. We have not reached the attic yet and will not try that until cooler weather. Hope we get it done before that calling card is left for me:)

Pat said...

Granny Annie: lucky lucky you:)
You are not going before me and I'm not ready.

mapstew said...

I was cleaning out my sock drawer today, (some of them are beyond hope!) when I found an old wallet at the back. It had old receipts in it from a family holiday in Spain many years ago, and the thought occurred to me, how would finding said item affect the finder if I were to go suddenly?

:¬)

xxx

Pat said...

Mapstew: their eyes would be so blinded with tears they wouldn't notice.
To spare them - it's up to you - as I say to my sons - you have reached the age where you have to start taking your health seriously. All those boring things like diet, exercise, fresh air, moderation in ALL things - need I go on? And aren't you glad I'm not your Mum?