I usually read the daily obituaries for several reasons. One, it’s like reading a collection of biographies. Two, it helps to “number our days aright” in that our name will be listed someday soon. Three, it gives insight into what most folks hold dear. How will we sum our lives up in a sliver of a newspaper column?
The Austin American-Statesman publishes exceptionally good (i.e., full & informative) obituaries. However, I am met most days with profound sadness as lives are defined by degrees, jobs, pets and hobbies. Today was much different. I’ve never read an autobiographical obituary before, but I wept at how Janice (Jan) Bailey White remembers her life. It’s well worth cutting or printing this one out.