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Famous Last Words

Updated on June 4, 2015
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My Greatest Lesson

"How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?"
P. T. Barnum, entrepreneur, d. 1891

"Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him."
John Barrymore actor, d. May 29, 1942

"I should never have switched from Scotch to Martinis."
Humphrey Bogart, actor, d. January 14, 1957

"Haagen-Dazs!" ~ My Father, Computer Science Professor, d. January 20th, 1983

Yes, those were my fathers famous last words.

Those words being the proof of the greatest lesson my father had provided me. Words that proved the sincerity of his last conversation with me two weeks prior to passing.

His last last conversation with me?

Justifying that "It is not the quantity of life that is most important. It is the quality of life that is most important." said my father.

Now I thought those were just the words expected from a dying man who was trying so hard to accept his own mortality. His fate.

That is until the night he died.
When his last words spoken to my mother that night were " Haagen-Dazs ". His very last two words ever spoken.

Mom came out of his hospital room and directed me to the nearest convenient store. I needed to get a pint of Chocolate Haagen-Dazs , and I needed to get it fast.

Having returned to his room with the Chocolate Haagen-Dazs , my mother slowly spooned half of that pint into his mouth to savor one last time.

It was at that moment that he was proving the sincerity of his last words to me. He just wanted some of his favorite ice cream to top off what was a short, but extremely sweet life.

It was not about the quantity of life. It was all about the quality of life.

Just needing some Haagen-Dazs to top it all off with. Two hours later he passed away, content.

He was 56 years old.

He taught me what credibility, integrity and dignity means.

"Haagen-Dazs" My fathers Famous Last Words.




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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Suzette !! *smiles* His example is still followed today.. So in many respects?, He still lives on... For he had 4 sons... & I am the one who turned out to be his clone... For me too, it will be short, but I insure you that it has been and will be oh so sweet to have lived with the same passion in which he did... This apple fell leaning right up against that tree.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful story! I agree with your father 100%. A short, sweet, happy life is more important than living to 100. He did savor every moment of his life, didn't he? You were fortunate to have him for the years you did.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank You Michelle & Again, Thank You James !!! & Michelle? - You are so write about Dignity... Dignified is how my father had always carried himself... Even at the expense of acceptance.. He proved it daily... *smiles~*

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      That is a beautiful story. And pithy too. Thank you for sharing it with us. It is quite moving. I am sorry you lost your daddy. He was younger than me—barely.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Beautiful, Critical Message. Dignity means being able to savor life's little pleasures....and I'm so glad you managed to let your father savor his. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Oh, I am so sorry Ruby !!!,, I hope they were at least kinda good tears *blushes*.. and THANK YOU !!! for stopping by and sharing such an appreciated recognition... *SMILES*

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, This brought tears. What a beautiful story. Thank's so much for sharing..

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank You 'melbelle' !!! *smiles* They are certainly precious words indeed... Ones that are always subliminally guiding us... Thank you for sharing your experience here !

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank You Mark ! There is a lot of irony when we do not remember such things until we face the same fate that triggers such memories. Again, thank you for stopping by.

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      melbelle 5 years ago from Southern United States

      What a beautiful story. After my mom died, I found a letter she wrote to me just prior to her death. That was 30 years ago, and I still have the letter. Those last precious words can mean so much to us through the rest of our lives

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is a great story. It is interesting how we share messages, sometimes directly and sometimes with an analogy.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank You Very Much 'Healer' !!! *smiles*

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thank you for sharing such a personal experience that is also an excellent lesson. It is a very inspirational article, and I really like it very much. Voted up!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Flattered 'KT' !!,, Thank You Very Much !!! *smiles*

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      KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful and poignant!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank You Kaili !!!,,, Thank You very much indeed ! *smiles*

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      Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

      CM, so beautiful and moving. Thank you for sharing something so deeply personal. Pinned.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thank you Kevin... I just added a last line to it that I believe wrapped it up in a more appropriate manner.. Again, thank you for stopping by and sharing such encouragement.

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      KevinC9998 5 years ago

      Great hub, great story, thank you for sharing.

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      & I didn't intend on creating any tears... Sorry about that Bill ! *blushes*

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Thanks for stopping by Bill and sharing such a considerate recognition. It was chocolate. *smiles*

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great story....what a beautiful story...I have tears in my eyes...thank you for sharing that. What flavor ice cream?