Loss is Never Easy


SOL March Challenge 2015 Day 25

The older I get, the more I am affected by loss.  I admit that each morning I read the obituaries checking to see if anyone I know is listed.  Thankfully, there usually isn’t.  I glance at some of the write-ups and think, “That person is my age”, or, “He is younger than me.”  Even though I don’t know the person it makes me stop and think of my own mortality.  This is also true when a celebrity that I have grown up watching and enjoying passes.

I was saddened to read about the passing of one such celebrity.  You may have seen this as well.

An icon in the entertainment industry has passed.  Please join me in remembering him.

The Pillsbury Doughboy died today in Minneapolis of a yeast infection and traumatic complications from repeated pokes in the belly.  He was 71.

Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.  Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs. Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, M & M, and Captain Crunch.  The gravesite was piled high with flours.

Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Born in Minnesota, Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers.  He was not regarded as a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes.

Despite being a little flaky at times, he still was a crusty old man and served as a positive role model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, three children: John Dough, Jane Dough, and Dosey Dough, plus they had one in the oven.  He is also survived by his father, Pop Tart.

The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

Truly Doughboy was definitely of the upper crust in the bakin’ society.

R.I.P. my friend.  I will bake something in your memory.


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15 responses to “Loss is Never Easy

  1. jmjd

    What fun. Where did you find this? If it’s your doing, well done!

  2. Lisa

    Very clever writing! The obituaries do provide us with some reflections, don’t they?

  3. Judy C.

    I’ve seen this before, but it always good for an early morning laugh. Yes, those obits to make you think – there seem to be so many younger that are dying.

  4. Thank you for the surprise twist to what could have been a very depressing post! I needed that smile today – thank you 🙂

  5. You make me laugh out loud and that doesn’t happen too often when reading. I also am feeling the mortality of my life. Same thoughts run through my mind as I scan obituaries too.

  6. Love it! Great mentor text!

  7. Wonderful, a lovely chuckle to start the day! So glad you shared with us!

  8. Now, what do you think they’ll write about the Jolly Green Giant… out-standing in his field? knew him as a young shoot? did a lot of vegging out? This could get to be fun…

  9. You always manage to make me laugh. This is just the type of writing Ray would enjoy…so I am saving this for his eyes. I do not read the obituaries… but Ray does. I guess, since I moved here six years ago…and most of the people I know live in Columbus area….I really don’t recognize any names in the obits. Ray tells me if a former teacher has died…but other than that…I don’t know many people here. Still…loved this piece and can’t wait for Ray to read it.

  10. Such fun word play! I think my students could use this as a mentor text and try out similar ones. It would be fun!

  11. This was so much fun to read – loved every wordplay (even the obvious ones)!

  12. Jaana

    Fun, fun, fun! As I was reading, I kept thinking all the connections that my students would not be able to make. I better get back to school and teach them!

  13. I just got finished writing about explaining death to my four-year-old when I clicked on your post. At first I thought, THIS IS NOT WHAT I NEED RIGHT NOW. But then, in typical Bob fashion, your writing took a surprise turn. And reading it was exactly what I needed tonight.

    RIP Doughboy!

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