Short Saturday: Creative Writing

A few weeks ago something clever went Internet viral and because such things are usually videos (often involving cats *), I’m quite pleased to inform you it was, instead, a clever piece of writing.

In fact, it was an obituary in the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald. It begins,”Harry Weathersby Stamps, ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler, died on Saturday, March 9, 2013”—and if that didn’t get your attention, this might have:

He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order. He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time. It is not lost on his family that he died the very day that he would have had to spring his clock forward. This can only be viewed as his final protest.

As it turns out, this amusing, yet warm and loving obit was written by the deceased’s daughter. And apparently she’s started a trend, if the New York Times paid death notice for Antonia Larroux is any indication. (It tries a little harder for laughs, and if you’re not a friend or family, you may not get all of them.)

It made me wonder if the sassy obituary is a thing these days. And it made me think I should probably get started on mine. After all, I’ve already planned my funeral/party. :)

* And what’s not to love?

I’m off to Ireland, by the way. The posts shall continue, but I will be a little less responsive, between the time difference and my other activities. I’ll answer everything in full when I get back. Sláinte!

UPDATE: There’s more on this subject here.

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