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Last Words Matter

Which is more significant to you: first, last, or random in between words from loved ones gone on? Granted you may not know their first words, but then again, maybe you do.

Fascination with a baby’s first word(s) is common. Birthdays too. (Who thinks birthdays get old? Pun intended.)

Growing up, my mother used to say: “Famous last words” a lot when she was calling attention to something someone said. Usually, it was something dad said…to her.

My dad is the closest person I’ve ever lost. His last words are ingrained in my psyche: Take my socks off, Shell.

That’s right -- I knocked my dad’s socks off before he crossed over and here’s how:

Before dad died, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He confessed to me that he wanted to give his life to Jesus before leaving earth. Dad wanted to be forgiven of sin and guilt. He wanted to rest in peace.

Steve Jobs’ last words were: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” Did he see something exciting ahead? Had Mr. Jobs socks been knocked off!?

When I was by dad’s side in the hospital, he told me he didn’t think he was going to make it. I comforted him by telling him everything would be ok. What helped me help him the most was sharing a quote from John Green’s book, “Looking For Alaska.”

In Green’s book, Miles is obsessed with last words:

“I found myself thinking about President William McKinley, the third American president to be assassinated. He lived for several days after he was shot, and towards the end, his wife started crying and screaming, “I want to go too! I want to go too!” And with his last measure of strength, McKinley turned to her and spoke his last words: “We are all going.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Another poignant quote from President McKinley, as he neared his final breath, is: “It is God’s way. His will be done, not ours.”


“Take my socks off” -- David Corkill

“It is God’s way. His will be done, not ours.” -- William McKinley

“Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow!” -- Steve Jobs

Final curtain calls matter, in the end.

May heaven knock all our socks off one day.

Check out more famous quotes here !

Thank you for reading!

Love, Shelley

The operating table that President McKinley received surgical treatment


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