“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” — Gilda Radner
A magnetic tile with that quote hangs on my refrigerator. It’s my second favorite Gilda Radner saying, but since the other is a little off-color, I’ll keep that to myself and just giggle as I wish this funniest of women a happy birthday, wherever you are.
Because wherever she is, there’s a whole lot of laughing going on.
She was the funny feminist who made Saturday Night Live shine during its best years. Lisa, the goofy girlfriend of nerdy Todd. Wild-haired Roseanne Rosanna Danna. The ever-confused newscaster Emily Litella. Her characters were so much larger than a single show. And having her leave this set while still in her 40s didn’t seem fair on so many levels.
She’s especially on my mind this morning, too, as I just heard a still-young cousin of mine is in her final earth days with ovarian cancer–the cancer that claimed Gilda. It’s such a stealthy, devastating disease. My heart goes out.
I’m also still processing last week’s what have you done with your life? encounter. In tribute to Gilda, I think I’ll add brought some laughter to my list. And be grateful for another day.
“While we have the gift of life, it seems to me the only tragedy is to allow part of us to die – whether it is our spirit, our creativity or our glorious uniqueness.” G.R.
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