A longtime cyberfriend announced that today she would be walking out of a classroom for the last time. She's retiring from work as a university professor. The first thought to strike me is how rare it is that we get to know that we are doing something for the last time.
There are probably hundreds, perhaps thousands, of important activities that we ceased doing without our noticing that it was the last time.
The last kiss received from or given to a certain lover, relative, friend. The last time you fed at your mother's breast, if you did at all. While most people remember the date of their last cigarette or bottle of booze, I'd doubt they recall the actual puff or sip that was their last.
Then there are those events that you may have anticipated without knowing. I distinctly remember wondering, for no reason, whether I was seeing my father for the last time on the last moment I saw him, hale and hearty, walking to his car. At the time I regarded my thoughts as oddly morbid and told no one. Several days later he was unexpectedly dead.
Yet I don't think I can recall the last lucid conversation I had with my mother. It's all very random, as folks say these days.
Think of the many lasts still ahead. When will you last go out to the movies or drive your car? Or breathe your last breath?
Do we need to be aware and know? Or is there some hidden beauty in the way parts of life simply slip away?