Musings & Threads. "And When I Die."
“I'm not scared of dying
and I don't really care…” Laura Nyro
So, I was watching a movie last Saturday evening—not a great one, but there is something in it that I’ve been mulling over. The movie stars James Brolin and Cybill Shepherd. As you might surmise they find each other; it is a story about getting older, loving, one’s children, dying… you know—the usual. James Brolin’s character is pretty cool. He seems comfortable in his own skin and seems to know what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. In one scene, he asks Cybill Shepherd, “You know why when people retire they buy those recreational vehicles and drive around?”
Pause. Why do you think so? I always thought it is because as they get older, they don’t want to fly, they want to visit the places on their bucket lists, it’s an economical way to travel, they have their “own home” wherever they go. Also, I think they have pets, and want them to travel with them. And I know that even I perk up when I see an Air Stream or other fully modernized yet retro RV.
James Brolin continues, “It’s because they are afraid of dying. They think they won’t die while they’re driving around.” WOW, I never thought of that. And of course, I cannot recall ever, even reading about a retired person or couple dropping dead while traveling the country in their spiffy RV.
With thoughts of the RV as an immortality device rattling around, I was not surprised to wake up today with Laura Nyro’s song “And When I Die” on loop in my head.
“If it's peace you find in dying,
when dying time is here,
Just bundle up my coffin cause
it's cold way down there,
I hear that's it's cold way down there,
yeah, crazy cold way down there
And when I die and when I'm gone,
There'll be one child born and
a world to carry on, to carry on.”