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Last Words

I was on the phone Sunday evening while the season finale of "Homeland" was on; although I did my best to keep my right ear focused on the show, it soon became a maddening game of Twister: I had the phone to my left ear, the television was to my left, and I was seated on the right side of the bed. I am tired thinking about it. Since I missed some of the subtle nuances of the finale, I decided to check it out on rerun tonight.

At one point I notice an interesting exchange between Carrie and her boss, Saul. He was sharing that she was in line for a substantial promotion, she hedges for personal reasons. Short story shorter, Saul tells Carrie that she is the smartest and stupidest f*****g person he had ever known. She turns and walks off, he turns in the opposite direction and walks off.

NOTE: partial spoiler coming next...

The story moves forward and moments later Saul is informed that Carrie is dead. Go back up a few lines and review what, in his understanding, were his last words to her. Yeah.

On December 9, 1994, my dad kissed my mom good-bye at the front door and told her he loved her as he left for work. He never made it, having been killed in a car accident a few miles away from home. Yeah.

Just because you did what you did, or your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend did what he/she did, "don't let the sun go down on your anger"--in fact, it probably wasn't that serious anyway and you should not let the next moment go down on your anger.

What might your last words be?

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