Surrounding our Dad with love and sarcasm. pic.twitter.com/BiALNWy0cU— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 23, 2014
It goes without saying that most people today are fully engrossed in the social media age. Everything is on Facebook or Twitter and if you're not paying attention, you'll miss out on the latest thing.
The truth is, though, that most of that stuff is trivial. Rare is the social media phenomenon that has meaning or value beyond that day (or even hour). This is that rare exception.
Comedian Laurie Kilmartin has taken to Twitter to share her experiences and emotions as she spends time with her dying father in hospice care. Of course, it should come as no surprise that a comedian is using comedy to cope with a personal tragedy, so there's a good number of jokes mixed in as well.
Hospice said signs my Dad's body is shutting down: loss of appetite, loss of thirst and him looking me in the eye and calling me "handsome."— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 26, 2014
Focussing on Dad's faults so I don't feel too sad. Like that time he said "good job" instead of "great job." jerk— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 26, 2014
Every day, I set a new goal of not seeing Dad's genitals when I help him off the toilet.— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 26, 2014
Dad has lung cancer. I offered to be Jesse to his Walt, but he didn't take me up on it.— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 26, 2014
I said, "Grandpa's dying," and my 7 yo son looked up at me with his big brown chocolate drop eyes and said, "what about his iPad?"— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 26, 2014
But just because Kilmartin is finding humor in the situation doesn't make light of a serious matter. Some of her tweets have been downright touching and that's what makes this particular instance so special.
55 years pic.twitter.com/iirN1iIQCw— Laurie Kilmartin (@anylaurie16) February 23, 2014
She's doesn't seem to be putting on a "social media performance" the way a lot of people do. It truly feels like she's letting her 20,000 followers (and anyone else who heads to her page) in on a serious part of her life and being open about how she's handling it. It's an honesty you won't find on Twitter very often, and it shows that, even in a world of superficial social media, real connections can be made.
(H/T The Daily Dot)