Thursday, April 23, 2009


I was standing in line at a Tim Horton's coffee shop the other morning. Looking around I noticed a table where a couple of elderly gentlemen were sitting.
It was mid-morning and they were deep in conversation over coffee and doughnuts.

"Do you know it costs $500 for a plain wooden box?" said Mr. Serious.
"Ha! I've got some in my garage!" chucked Mr. Jovial.
What were they talking about? Not coffins, surely.

"Oh no, you can't just use any old box. They have to be a certain size. It's got to fit!" said Mr. Serious.

It? The body?
I then turned my attention to the menu, so they wouldn't see me so blatantly eavesdropping.


Oh-oh, they were talking about funerals.

".........and those urns! They're so expensive!!" continued Mr. Serious.

"A coffee can is good enough for me!" Mr. Jovial shot back.

Just at that moment I turned around to see a woman, reaching out to pick up a can of Tim Horton's coffee from the shelf.
She obviously had not heard this conversation.

Should I have enlightened her?


Grammy said...

I don't think I would have told her. LOL It is easy to talk that way when it in not really going to happen. I have joked about it too.
I went to 2 more ents today and the last one is scheduling for the 29th of may. That last one a Dr Chan was my type of Dr. He was smart and through. And knew as much as me. LOL. The other 2 were not capable of dealing with it.
I have to go to a university hospital.As they have the technology there. Then I see an Eye neurologist on the 27. So things will be ok.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

What a cute story, Wendy... I loved it---and no, you shouldn't have told her that story when she was picking up a can of coffee!!!! ha ha ha....

George and I want to be cremated --and our ashes spread over a waterfall.. How's that??????


Cheryl said...

Hi Wendy....I have a lovely grin from ear to ear to start my Friday....tku....I am terrible for listening to other peoples conversation, but it is fun isn't it?

Maggie May said...

I love listening to conversations, especially on a bus or some other public place. I don't mind at all being on my own as there is plenty to overhear!
Never but in though....... no never say anything!

Abba's Girl said...

How funny...I picked my father's urn, because it was midnight blue and had a gold rim around the bottom...he loved blue, it kind of reminded me of his being a Houston police officer in a liked it...we got home and I looked, it matched their yorkie's urns which I had never noticed before. So now everyone teases me that I have to pick my mother's urn to match the collection.

Rose said...

LOL, Thanks for the chuckle this morning, Wendy. I think I'd better check very carefully before I make my pot of coffee this morning:)

Mark said...

Funny the things you over hear! True, a coffee can would be just fine.

Celia said...

I wouldn't have told her either, but she might have found it humorous. I love the things you hear in shops, lines in the post office especially. My Dad's ashes are on a shelf at my sister's between the ashes of two of her cats. I'm not sure that's what he had in mind but she's happy so I'm happy.

Wendy said...

Hi Grammy, I hope things turn out o.k. for you. Sending you white light. I think if those gentlemen were 40 or 50 years younger, they'd be talking about girlfriends!

Hi Betsy, over a waterfall? Why am I not surprised! Mind if I come with you??

Hi Maggie may, oh, I've butted in once or twice and then wished I hadn't!

Hi Annette, yikes! I don't think I'd want that kind of pressure. I hope you haven't told your mom!

Hi Rose, good idea! I think I'd better check my coffee too! LOL!

Hi Mark, oh these guys were so funny and one was so down-to-earth. Why not a coffee can? Or a wooden box from the garage? Why do we have to spend thousands of dollars when we're going back to the earth anyway?

Hi Celia, I can see this is turning out to be quite a conversation! I'm sure your Dad doesn't mind being "guarded" by the cats!
Hi Cheryl, I agree. I like to listen in too!

JeanMac said...

My Dad always said to buy a large glass jar from Canadian Tire for his remains. Sometimes you just can't honor those wishes:)

Shammickite said...

I have to admit.... my husband was cremated and the ashes are still in the cupboard, never got an urn. I planned to take the ashes back to UK but never got round to doing it!

Mimi said...

ooh how silly! thanks for this.

Maggie May said...

You left a comment on my blog asking what an airing cupboard is. (Sorry to change the subject from your lovely Spring bulbs!)
An airing cupboard is usually near to a hot water tank (from a boiler) and is usually a cupboard from floor to ceiling, with shelves inside. The warm air in these cupboards is ideal for airing clothes and for storing spare bedding!
However, modern homes are being built with a different type of boiler altogether, so airing cupboards will be dying out, eventually!
I think you call boilers furnaces, though in England this means something very different.