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I just can’t this week. I don’t know why I am so sad about a singer’s death, but Prince passing hit me hard. I had the privilege of seeing the Love 4 One Another tour back in 1997. At the time I was a 19 year-old single mom and the tickets were so expensive – $80.00, which back then was a huge amount to me. I ended up picking up extra shifts at work for two weeks to get the money to go. I third-wheeled with my best friend and her boyfriend at the time and we made the two hour drive up to the show listening to Prince the entire time. This was the first arena concert I had ever been to, and the energy and the enthusiasm was incredible. I think that I just remember that time of my life as full of the changes that would shape who I am today and with Prince passing, that chapter of my life is really starting to end.
My sister Wendy had the best response I have seen to his passing –
“My entire timeline is pictures of Prince. I can’t be the only one who is stunned not only that he is dead, but that he was mortal in the first place. I thought he was at least one part unicorn, one part eyeliner, and three parts perfect side-eye.”
What hit me the most was that I don’t usually get emotional when celebrities pass. It happens, they really had nothing to do with my real life, so I move on. But when a fictional character dies, hoo boy do I ever get sad.
There are certain authors that I will not read anymore because they keep killing off characters. Like every book is a heartbreak. I think I feel so deeply about a book character and their lives because I read books to experience new things. If I am journeying with a character, I feel with them and their emotions become my own. I have thrown books (okay, tossed gently away from me), cried, cursed and the like when a character I am involved with suffers loss or dies.
I’m keeping this one short as I’m still processing emotions, but I will leave you with some awesome Prince gifs for the road.
So tell me, do you mourn fictional characters too?
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