Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Last Conversations

Today I had lunch with an old friend and former colleague who is moving to take a job in Florida. We discussed various opportunities we may have to see each other in the future, but also realized that there is some chance that we may never see each other again. This was a bit of a sad moment, as we have had hundreds, maybe thousands, of conversations together and this may have been the last. It was hard to come up with anything meaningful to say that was fulfulling, beyond talking about the ordinary things we always liked to talk about. I got to thinking that there are probably dozens, or hundreds, of people out there with whom I have already had this last conversation. You almost never know it is going to be the last conversation while your having it. So many people from high school, college, and former jobs (co-workers and customers) that I will just never have the opportunity to see again. I try to think of certain people and remember what was the last conversation we had, and it is almost always impossible to remember. One of the most final things about death is that it automatically sets the last conversation you had with everyone to be the last ever. I guess in a sense, you die a little bit every day when you have conversations with people you will never see again. It's the cases like the one today, where you realize it while it's happening, that can be especially poignant.

Addendum (7/31/06):
Found the picture below today on Postsecret


At 2:06 PM, Blogger BrianM said...

You can always decided that there will be another conversation down the road. Just make sure it happens!

At 11:54 PM, Blogger shoshanamom said...

very poignant and deep. I guess if its someone that you really want to see again you have to make that extra effort to keep in touch. its hard to do that.


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