I was having dinner this evening with my cousin. He and I are nearly the same age, and we have always been close.

At one point he pointed out that many of the people whom he and I revered when we were little kids are now dying off. I imagine he might have been thinking about Raquel Welch, but I didn’t ask.

And that got me thinking about all of those amazing and talented people we had first encountered when they were still young adults, bursting with promise. But time is what it is, and time does what it does.

Of course, once I started thinking about time, another thought occurred to me, a somewhat darker thought. But I didn’t mention it. Instead I changed the subject to movies — a very safe topic, because movies are timeless.

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