Two people died last week. They both lived long, full lives. One was arrogant and infamous, thousands knew his name; the other was humble and well-loved by only a handful.
Both had families. His was a product of a multitude of meaningless, hedonistic relationships; she dedicated herself to her husband of sixty years. While his heirs scramble over the remains of his crumbling empire, hers are assured of their inheritance as they stand on the solid foundation she left behind.
He will be remembered for scandal and promiscuity. People either snicker or frown when his name is mentioned. His fame, money, and arrogance did not buy him immortality.
She will be remembered for love and integrity. People either smile or feel sorrow at the mention of her name. She lived an exemplary life and that is her legacy, one for which her family and friends will long keep her memory.
Two people died last week. One lived his life as if there was no tomorrow; she lived hers knowing that there is.