The lower right sidebar of the front page of my local paper is devoted to highlights: today’s forecast, an index, and the names of the recently decent. Full obituaries are on the second page but the names, age, and last city of resident are listed on the front. I always glance there to see if I recognize the names. I often don’t even get a chance to open the rest of the paper unless I think someone I know has passed away.
On Thursday, there was a typo in this section. It read, “Not deaths were reported today.” I knew it was supposed to say “no deaths,” but the typo got me thinking. In a world of gloom and doom, of murder, of war, of fatal accidents and tragic losses, what would a newspaper full of “not deaths” look like? What stories would be reported? Wouldn’t it be great to celebrate life before someone passes on?
It’s day 5 of NanoPoblano!