Lexi Libey - Grade 9, Centerville High School
Life's Fraying Thread
Francis Bacon once said that “It is as natural to die as it is to be born.” It happens to everyone eventually, but it never happens when you think it will. Life will forever be too short, and death, too soon.
We knew he was not going to make it. We had known for a while. Alzheimer's is the silent torture for the people in your life, and my great grandfather had managed to acquire an awfully quick moving version of it. His death was no shock on a logical level, the doctors had told us so, that he didn’t have much time left on the green planet. The day of the funeral was just like something out of a Hollywood film. It was raining. There were crying women in black garments with their husbands standing stoically behind them, and young children fidgeting in their seats. About halfway through the service, a thought came into my mind, and commanded my attention. Why are we mourning the death of this man, who lived, what quite frankly, was a spectacular life, and not celebrating the one he lived? This man who loved everything from the world around him to playing questionably dangerous pranks on his students. He was a man of science and taught it with such passion to his students that he instilled in them a curiosity about daily life that is quite impossible find in most teenagers. He could recite facts to you about the sky above, the earth below, and the world around. He loved the stars and the rocks. The plants and the trees. He regarded everything around him as something that had secrets that only he could unlock and by God he would. He lived the 89 years of his life full of love and curiosity for those around him. I think everyone should go through life with the same amount of a child’s wonder and a baby’s unconditional love. I walked away from the funeral that day with a newfound regard for life and how precious it really is. One day it is cradled in your arms, glowing with potential, and the next being lowered into the ground, lifeless and still.
Vivian Greene once said that, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” Appreciate life. It is a gift that many people squander. When those people die, they die with regrets, with should haves and would haves. Die with been there’s and done that’s. Die with the memories of your life and not the regrets of it. Live life to the fullest and never look back.