We tend to go through life thinking we are both invincible and immortal. We just think that nothing is ever going to happen to us and we are going to be around forever.
Tonight I was surfing the net. I don't even remember now what I was looking for originally but quite by accident I came across a page called Notable Deaths in 2009 and 2010. I thought, well, you know, I don't have cable so I don't watch television and though I do have the Internet, I don't tend to follow the news. It's usually depressing and unless it's something that affects me directly I really don't want to know any more than I have to.
I've heard about several notable deaths, especially the recent deaths of Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Gary Coleman and a couple of others. So I thought, well, I'll run through this page and see who, if anyone I've missed. As I started through it, I cried. Not so much over particular deaths, although there were several that really got to me I must admit, but the totality of it hit me hard. To see them altogether was a bit overwhelming.
It seems that we watch the news regularly and read the papers and we really become almost desensitized to it all. I mean you hear one person dies. Your reaction is "Oh that's sad" and you continue on about your day. But as I went through these deaths, I realized that a lot of the older actors represented an entire lifetime of entertainment for me and anyone else over forty and if they are dying off, well then I'm surely not too awfully far behind them.
Some of these wonderful actors had been retired for years I'm sure, and yet their names are forever etched in my mind as I'm sure they are yours. People like Jimmy Dean, John Forsythe, Robert Culp, Fess Parker, Pernell Roberts, Soupy Sales, Karl Malden, Art Linkletter and Ed McMahon just to name a few. If you've watched television all of your life and most all of us have, these names are not only familiar, they bring to life a vivid image in your mind as soon as you hear them. Two of the Golden Girls have passed away in the last year or so, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur. Who doesn't know who the Golden Girls are without even saying that it's a television show.
A couple of them that really got to me, and I had never really even heard their actual names before were Mickey Carroll who was one of the original munchkins in The Wizard of Oz and Wayne Allwine who was the voice of Mickey Mouse.
I won't even talk about all the musicians and politicians and athletes that were included on this page. It's not like I'm depressed now and think I'm dying or anything, but seeing them all together on this page just reminded me of my own mortality for sure. It definitely made me stop and realize that I really need to spend more time smelling the roses. I'm thinking I might go buy me a rose bush this weekend and plant it in my yard as a reminder.