This Morning I Woke to the News That I Was Dead

this morning I woke to the news that I was dead

This morning I woke to the news that I was dead. But unless I had somehow become Susie Salmon in Lovely Bones, narrating the story of my death from the afterlife, it wasn’t me. It was someone else who shared my name. 

The other Katie Paul was only twenty-two. She lived in Swartz Creek, Michigan. Her friends and family are devastated that she is gone. My heart goes out to them.

This morning, when my boyfriend suggested I join him and his kids for an off-road adventure, taking the Jeep along the fire trails of Meryla State Forest, I declined. The idea of spending hours cooped up in a car with Miss Ten who doesn’t stop talking and who has an unbroken record of vomiting on car rides, left me cold. Cold as a body in the ground.

‘I can’t go,’ I said. ‘I’m dead.’

No, I didn’t say that. Instead, I confessed my cold-hearted, selfish desire to have a day alone. I reminded him I was an introvert and a woman without maternal instincts. He nodded his head. When he said he understood, I believed him.

This morning I woke to the news that I was dead and resolved once again to live every day as though it were my last. I chose this potentially last day of my life to be one filled with solitude, reflection and peace.

And when my time comes to die, I want someone’s Twitter feed to look exactly like this.

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Sex and death … seizing life by the throat when death brushes against us.

This morning I woke to the news that I was dead, and I was happy that for today at least, it wasn’t true.


Has someone who shared your name passed away?
How did it (or would it) make you feel?

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About KatieP

Embracing my midlife sexy while exploring modern love & relationships • Devoted to all things beautiful • Master of Arts in creative writing & non-fiction writing

4 thoughts on “This Morning I Woke to the News That I Was Dead

  1. I have a very common name; medical records mixed up (!) questions at the bank with extra varification. It didn’t help her birthday is almost exactly mine. She isn’t very healthy but so far I don’t think she has died.

    Good for you NOT going on the outing. Perfect self-care for the living.

  2. Katie- I too, am an introvert and altho I am also a mother of now grown children, I resonate with the difficulty at times being a pseudo-parent to another’s (young) child. I also at first resisted but began to embrace this child and accept that her situation was not by her choice, that her acceptance and ability to allow me into her life (with no judgement) was eye opening. My view: living life in the moment where every experience could be your last- I wouldve been in that Jeep, soaking in the sun and accepting the path I am on.. open your heart- it’s amazing in there; children are truly gifts if we allow them to be.. we ALL only ever want to be loved and accepted… I’ve learned that children love deeply and without fear if you let them in.. 🙂

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