“We all have expiry dates. Some of us will die today, some tomorrow. Some next month, some 15 years from now. No one gets out alive.”
We should never kid ourselves or dwell in ignorant bliss. Especially at Christmas as we remember all the dead who are no longer in our lives. If I were to recommend one story for Christmas reading, it would be James Joyce’s “The Dead” from The Dubliners.
The excellent 1987 John Huston adaptation of Joyce’s classic story, starring his daughter. Make certain you see the 83 minute version from Amazon, not the 73 minute version. It is a work of art.