Marsha Schermer's teapot is a constant reminder to me that life is short. Live it now.
Marsha Schermer was an attorney for Time Warner Cable in Columbus, Ohio. She was a beautiful smart blonde woman in her early 50s. One summer she cleaned out her office and gave away the things she no longer wanted. I took the teapot.
At the time, I was in my early 40s. I can remember Marsha sharing with the other women in the office how good her 50s were. Nothing like she thought they would be. It's as if at 50, she knew who she was and didn't care what other people thought about her. All the angst of the discovery years of her 20s, 30s & 40s was gone. She was at the peak of her career. She was beautiful and sexy still and she knew it.
Later that year (I think), Marsha and her boyfriend went on a driving vacation in New England. They awakened early one morning to drive to the next point of interest. As they rounded a blind curve, they were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Marsha's boyfriend was seriously injured. Marsha was killed instantly.
Sometimes I imagine what it must have been like for Marsha to wake up happy with someone she cared for and who cared for her, feeling relaxed and happy to be on vacation, feeling excited about what the day may bring. What must have it been like in that moment of terror right before the crash before being rocketed into the next dimension.
We never know what lays around the next corner. Life is short.
How do you want to live it?