Nora Ephron lost her battle with cancer this week and in her latest book she posted two list that best summed up what she would miss and what she wouldn’t. I thought it was more than worth reposting and thinking about.
What I Won’t Miss
Bad dinners like the one we went to last night
Technology in general
Washing my hair
Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism
The collapse of the dollar
The sound of the vacuum cleaner
Emails. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it.
Panels on Women in Film
Taking off makeup every night.
What I Will Miss
The concept of waffles
A walk in the park
The idea of a walk in the park
Shakespeare in the Park
Reading in bed
The view out the window
Dinner at home just the two of us
Dinner with friends
Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives
Next year in Istanbul
Pride and Prejudice
The Christmas tree
One for the table
Taking a bath
Coming over the bridge to Manhattan
Rest in peace Nora and thank you for making us think and ask ourselves,
“What would you miss?”
Excerpted from “I Remember Nothing” by Nora Ephron. Copyright © 2011 by Nora Ephron. Excerpted by permission of Vintage, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.