Nora Ephron was one of my favorite people. She penned some of my favorite movies as a screenwriter, and blogged at the Huffington Post, and wrote some very funny essays. Her death in June was very sad to me. In typical Ephron style, however, she had pre-planned her memorial service by placing all instructions in an envelope marked “exit.” Needless to say her memorial was filled with laughter, recipes, and good friends and many touching moments.
Her last book, I Remember Nothing and Other Reflections, ended with two lists. They were what she will miss and what she won’t miss at the end of her life. I heard her list read aloud on television the day she died, and since then I have been thinking about what would be on my own list. I think the list is very reflective of and telling about the person. I just might learn something about myself from my list.
Here is Nora’s list.
What I Will Miss
My kids · Nick · Spring · Fall · Waffles · The concept of waffles · Bacon · A walk in the park · The idea of a walk in the park · The park · Shakespeare in the Park · The bed · Reading in bed · Fireworks · Laughs · The view out the window · Twinkle lights · Butter · Dinner at home just the two of us · Dinner with friends · Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives · Paris · Next year in Istanbul · Pride and Prejudice · The Christmas tree · Thanksgiving dinner · One for the table · The dogwood · Taking a bath · Coming over the bridge to Manhattan · Pie
What I Won’t Miss
Dry skin · Bad dinners like the one we went to last night · E-mail · Technology in general · My closet · Washing my hair · Bras · Funerals · Illness everywhere · Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism · Polls · Fox · The collapse of the dollar · Joe Lieberman · Clarence Thomas · Bar mitzvahs · Mammograms · Dead flowers · The sound of the vacuum cleaner · Bills · E-mail. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it. · Small print · Panels on Women in Film · Taking off makeup every night
So, while I work on my list, tell me what would be on your list! Post in the comments below!
I’ll be posting my list in the coming week!