Dying but writing how to live
But not Mr. Pausch. This is probably the worst time for him, but he's writing. He's dying of pancreatic cancer, but wants his three young children, to someday read about how he truly felt about them. The book is called The Last Lecture and is based on life lessons, references to his children from a lecture he did at Carnegie Mellon University.
Telling your story when it isn't convenient
For now, Pausch and his wife don't want their children to know he's dying. Watercooler talk says experts have told the parents that it's easier on children to not know a parent is dying until he or she actually appears seriously ill. As Pausch makes the media rounds, TV and newspaper interviews, I wonder how he shields his children from the news and from blabber mouths at school and daycare.
Anyone have other examples?
OK, writers, when has someone told you a difficult story for print at a bad time in their lives? What was the story?
For the USA Today story on Pausch, visit http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-04-07-pausch_N.htm. This is about a month old. I recently heard about it from a fellow book club member. And I hope it's our next read.
For a day to day update on Pausch's progress:http://download.srv.cs.cmu.edu/~pausch/news/index.html
For the video of the "last lecture" he gave his students at Carnegie Mellon University about living a good life, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo