October 11, 2017
Post #4473 – 20171011
Dear Sir. How appropriate do you think a reading of the Cremation of Sam McGee would be at a memorial service…in a stuffy Episcopal church located in a high brow (very!) suburb? You see, Dad loved the book and owned one of the first editions of Tales Of the Yukon. I was introduced to Sam at the age of 4 & also fell under the spell of Service’s prose. Dad & I would quote random stanzas to one another while skiing or suffering through frigid cold snaps. I know he would love it, but the family is horrified. Please advise. Thank you! Best regards, JM
Why and to whom would my advice make any difference? Obviously, reading The Cremation of Sam McGee at a memorial service sounds like a perfectly good idea to me--but it would, wouldn't it? Is Dad going to be cremated by any chance? In that case, I'd say you _have_ to read it. I do not understand why people are so intent in taking the fun out of funeral. I suppose if the guest of honor was a bit, you should pardon the expression, on the stiff side in life, then you could serious it up. Personally, I hope attendees at my going-away party have a good time.