My husband wrote this to include in all the thank you notes we will now write.
"Friends in need" may be "friends indeed" but friends in a time of need are truly the best friends. My sincere thanks, to one and all, for your kind thoughts and gentle words.
My Father's Service:
Given his lifelong lack of religiosity, we decided to celebrate my father's passing into the Great Beyond with a "Bon Voyage" party, rather than through a more traditional service. Monday night, thirty or so people gathered in remembrance. We ate good food, drank expensive booze, and thumbed through photos and memories (mostly true) from back in the day. The life and times of my father were well represented. When it came time to pop the corks on the champagne and offer a toast to the man and his times, his presence was palpable.
My father's favorite author was Oscar Wilde. As part of Monday's sendoff, I spent some time gathering quotes from the author that seemed to best represent his life view. I hope that those of you who knew him well concur with my choices.
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.
I can resist anything but temptation.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
I like persons better than principles, and I like persons with no principles better than anything else in the world.
I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
A fond d'adieu, avec un bon voyage et plein de bonne fois papa.
(I don't think resting in peace is in the cards).