My mother was at a wake when it happened.
A dear friend's mother had died. The woman was elderly, and it was not unexpected, though still very sad.
My mom's friend was standing there, looking into the casket at her mother's body, when she said the words you so often hear. "Doesn't she look wonderful?"
The friend burst out laughing when my mother replied with, "No, she looks dead!"
As the friend laughed and gasped and tried to catch her breath, my mother put her hands over her mouth, looking aghast that she had said it out loud. As my mom began to try to stammer out an apology, her friend was laughing so hard by this time she was wiping tears from her eyes. "Thank you!" she said. "Don't apologize. I needed a laugh, and you are absolutely right!"
That is why my mother has left instructions that we are to put a sign over her that says, "By order of the deceased, you are not to stand around saying, 'Doesn't she look wonderful!' She wants you to know that she does not look wonderful, she looks dead!"
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National Blueberry Popsicle Day
National Frisbee Disc Festival
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