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Friday Freedom Question: The last word(s)

Three weeks ago, (if you answered the Friday Freedom Question) you wrote the first lines of your autobiography.

Now, if you’re willing, write the last words of your story.

Very Brief Rulz:

  • These can be the last words/lines/paragraphs of your autobiography or of a biography someone else writes about you after you’re gone.
  • Writing “[He/she/they] lived happily ever after” would be cheating.

As before, I’ll join in when I’ve thought about the question some more. I think this one’s going to be harder than the first line.


  1. Bear
    Bear April 26, 2019 11:29 am

    “Oh, shit! It’s my husband!” she exclaimed.

  2. Pat
    Pat April 26, 2019 12:04 pm

    As John Galt said:
    “It’s not the end – it’s the beginning.”

    (But I’m still laughing at Bear’s last lines.)

  3. Jeremy P.
    Jeremy P. April 26, 2019 12:07 pm

    He walked his own path, thought his own thoughts. He was kind when warranted and an a$$hole when needed. He raised his girls to fight hard and love harder. One thing is for certain, he wasn’t like anybody else I have ever known.

  4. Claire
    Claire April 26, 2019 12:12 pm

    Me, too.

    (Those aren’t my last words. At least I hope not! But me, too, laughing at Bear.)

  5. david
    david April 26, 2019 12:57 pm

    Peace at last! Do not disturb me or I’ll eat your face.

  6. Joel
    Joel April 26, 2019 1:34 pm

    “He played a bad hand to the best of his ability and tried to keep the damage he caused to a minimum. Toward the end he stopped hoping for the world to become a better and more free place, and worked on making himself a better and more free person – that turned out to be quite enough work for the time he had left.”

  7. kentmcmanigal
    kentmcmanigal April 26, 2019 5:21 pm

    “And thus he became the first person in history to achieve immortality– the good kind– and left Earth in his Firefly-class spacecraft… and hasn’t been seen since.”

  8. Comrade X
    Comrade X April 26, 2019 8:11 pm

    The question will always be; Did Shane live or did he die? But as for me I will certainly live until I die.

  9. larryarnold
    larryarnold April 26, 2019 9:09 pm

    “His trophies at last he lay down” on DATE, and learned the answer to the Last Question before he had to grow up.

  10. coloradohermit
    coloradohermit April 27, 2019 2:01 pm

    As many suggested, she really was a belligerent old cow, but life won’t be nearly as fun and interesting without her.

  11. Steve Watt
    Steve Watt April 27, 2019 7:11 pm

    The HELL you say!

  12. John Wilder
    John Wilder April 28, 2019 5:09 pm

    And that’s where the beer went.

  13. Owl
    Owl April 29, 2019 7:47 am

    Many others have written much better words than I ever could.

    I’d like my family to play this song when I go.

    Brokedown Palace
    Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
    Music By: Jerry Garcia

    Fare you well, my honey
    Fare you well, my only true one
    All the birds that were singing
    Are flown, except you alone

    Gonna leave this brokedown palace
    On my hands and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll
    Make myself a bed by the waterside
    In my time, in my time, I will roll, roll, roll

    In a bed, in a bed
    By the waterside I will lay my head
    Listen to the river sing sweet songs
    To rock my soul

    River gonna take me, sing me sweet and sleepy
    Sing me sweet and sleepy all the way back home
    It’s a far gone lullaby sung many years ago
    Mama, Mama, many worlds I’ve come since I first left home

    Going home, going home
    By the waterside I will rest my bones
    Listen to the river sing sweet songs
    To rock my soul

    Going to plant a weeping willow
    On the bank’s green edge it will grow, grow, grow
    Singing a lullaby beside the water
    Lovers come and go, the river will roll, roll, roll

    Fare you well, fare you well
    I love you more than words can tell
    Listen to the river sing sweet songs
    To rock my soul

  14. Owl
    Owl April 29, 2019 7:52 am

    “He swore with his last breath that he would claw his way out of the grave to take vengeance on those who had wronged him.
    So they buried him face down.”

  15. Claire
    Claire April 30, 2019 11:19 am

    I think these are even better than the opening lines from earlier this month.

    But … ahem, I suspect (gosh, wonder why?) that several of you guys are a bunch of utterly insincere jokers. And coloradohermit, there’s no way you’re a belligerent old cow.

    I tried to think of a really good one, but my mind kept coming back to this: “Disconcerted as she always was to be even semi-hemi-demi-quasi-pseudo famous, she was pleased to slip quietly away.”

  16. Commander Zero
    Commander Zero May 2, 2019 10:03 pm

    “But a body was never found.”

  17. Jeremy Aal
    Jeremy Aal May 15, 2019 6:54 am

    “… and then he died.”

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