Best definition of closure I’ve read. I usu don’t like the word because it tends to make folks believe that something is totally over–which is actually psychologically impossible unless we develop permanent amnesia. If we don’t acknowledge/remember the past we can never learn from it.
WORD, Sheila. I was just thinking the other day about “regrets” and how, when I was younger, I used to regret letting this jerkwad or that f**kwit into my life. But now at least I know how to spot them coming, right? Well, at least most of the time.
And BG, you’ve nailed it, as usual! Great advice about closure … including the last little lesson that sometimes, if outside forces or a misunderstanding caused your breakup, a chance to see each other face-to-face can be the best thing for everyone.
Karl, Lincoln may have been fond of *selling* whiskey in the taverns he owned before he became a lawyer, but he himself rarely drank except for an occasional “drop of champagne, just to be civil.” http://www.straightbourbon.com/articles/cclincoln.html
I was really bummed to find this out after writing the beer-with-Lincoln line in the time travel story, but I kept it in anyway. I was thrilled to come up with a joke that set the record straight; The real Paul (Paul Sullivan) is a presidential history buff, and I didn’t need him coming down on me!
Not so sure I’m keen on the ending of this one, but the message is clear and makes perfect sense. Just wish I could convey that to my ex’s ex girlfriend (which is why he’s my ex).
Comment by Terminally Single - Like Cancer — June 30, 2008 @ 10:52 pm
Karl, that’s some great inside information there. Sounds like we discovered some secret drinking in the Lincoln household. Mary Todd, I’m looking at you! This is an inspirational tale for all you anthropology graduate students stuck on outhouse duty.
Terminally Single. Yeah, the ending doesn’t fit the story’s theme because the Paul and Jackie saga isn’t really over. Nor should it be, since they were only pulled apart by circumstance. But never fear — they are not fully back together either, since Jackie continues to be a fugitive. Maybe check back in a few weeks to see how they manage a long distance relationship. 😉
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