Yesterday marked the 129th anniversary of the glorious day Mark Twain introduced us to his book The Adventures of Huck Finn. For those not familiar, how dare you consider yourself old fashioned!?!? Huck Finn is THE great American novel and it, along with its predecessor The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, are two books that belong on every kids reading list.
What struck me on the anniversary of Mark Twain publishing his masterpiece was the unique opportunity Huck and Tom had in one of their adventures. SPOILER ALERT! After Tom and Huck witness graveside murder at the hands of a Native American “half-breed” Injun Joe, the boys, along with their pal Joe Harper, run away to a local Mississippi river island to become pirates. While enjoying their new found freedom, they find out the town has assumed their death. The boys, clever as they are, decide the best time to in time surface next would be at their own funeral. What an absolutely amazing experience that must have been!
Just think about what it would be like as a fly on the wall while your loved ones gather to mourn your passing, and hopefully, celebrate your life. As you do, it’s impossible to not think about what people would say about you once you’re gone. What will your legacy be? Are you happy with that? What would you change?
This week we’re going to have a little fun in the form of an old fashioned contest!! I really want to know what you think about this idea of being able to attend to your own funeral. What will people say about you?
Share your thoughts by Tweeting me @RealEricMeisner with the hashtag #oldfashioned. Every Tweet you send will enter you in the running to will a genuine, old-time prize courtesy of Old Fashioned Eric. The content winner will be announced on Sunday, 2/23 at 5pm.
Before you get started Tweeting your thoughts, I want to leave with you a quote the late, great Mark Twain himself said while thinking on death.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain