Although I’ve attended far too many funerals and memorials over the years, one silver lining is that they often provide the opportunity to meet with people from one’s own past who may have disappeared in the swirling eddies of life. For example, at the memorial service a couple of nights ago, I encountered a few former students along with the many current ones who were there. As I was talking to a couple of my favorites, they both agreed on one of the things they carried with them from my early English Lit survey. The subjects were Chaucer (d. 1400) and Dryden (d. 1700). The quote, which in turn came from a professor I had at Ball State, was: “If an author has the courtesy to die in a double-zero year, the least we can do is have the courtesy to remember it.”
It pleases me to know that in addition to the larger things I’ve tried to communicate over my career, some of the small things move along as well.