We are getting on in years. Nothing new in that. But sometimes the aches and pains, so prevalent in advanced age, ebb to a bearable level and we feel on top of the world. Dying is as far away from our mind as the next galaxy. We are getting comfortable.
Then, all of a sudden, we hear the news that the nice neighbour, who is always cheerful, who always has a kind word and a humorous turn of phrase had a “massive” heart attack. Why is it always massive? What is wrong with those heart attacks? Can’t they be weaklings?
The good neighbour had just been to the doctor for a prescription. Just a routine visit with a few pleasantries exchanged like it happened to us the other day when the doctor said, “Mrs H. I want to keep you pain free till you’re ninety-five and then you can fall asleep.”
Nice chap this doctor. But if he said this to our always helpful neighbour he would have been surprised to hear on the evening news, that the very patient, he could have promised a long life, caused his car to crash into a tree because he had a “massive” heart attack.
What the doctor did not know, and could not know, was “Death” is independent from our wisdom and our doings. At any given time he approaches our mortal body and helps to release the soul. At least that is what I learnt from reading the book “The Book Thief”, which has also been made into a film.
Here “Death” explains his doings and he seems quite a gentleman but not really understanding humans. Only when he meets a really good person he reflects on what it must be to be alive. The story is set in Germany during WWII , a horror scenario in itself. A few times I got teary during the film., because I recognised some of the scenarios. Normally, “Death” explains, he would go to the person in question but during war-time people are in a hurry and they come running to him. Yes, we are a stupid lot and can’t wait our turn.
We will now go, a fifth time in eighteen months, to a funeral. Still, we are waiting for the cause of death of our beloved late daughter Gaby who had a visit by “Death” in July 2012 releasing her beautiful soul from her not so well-functioning body.
We are still kicking and will be around for a while yet, still believing the doctor, until “Death” catches up with us, at a time, he reckons, will be the right time.