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Why can't we take a rocket to Heaven?

When I was a kid, about 12 or 13 years old, I had this running list in my head of all the people I knew who had died.  These were people whose funeral's I had attended with my family.  Most of these people I knew personally, although a few were family friends or acquaintances that I hadn't actually met.  From what I remember there were about a dozen people on this list.   I would repeat their names over and over while I counted them on my fingers.  
By the time I was 12 years old I had been to a dozen funerals.  Looking back that seems like quite a few.  This is most probably due to the fact that I have a large extended and Southern family (meaning that our definition of "family" is a good deal broader than most people's definition).  However, at the time I didn't know that was a lot.

Thinking on it, I don't remember feeling particularly sad while I repeated my mental list.  I think I was mostly incredulous.  I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that…