This is a wonderful piece.
I love it.
There are so many adults around who are only adult in age. They never want to grow up. I find it very sad.
They think they are having the time of their lives-drinking and clubbing forever. But that kind of lifestyle really does have a shelf life.
I thought this part was particularly poignant and wise:
"...sometimes I do what other people want me to do, because other people are important to me."
"Sometimes I invite people over whom I don’t like because they are lonely. Sometimes I make dinner for family members who have hurt me because there is a chance for reconciliation and life is so short."
"I am also, like Elizabeth, interested in everything, even some things that on the surface don’t appear very interesting. Like a child’s drawing, or an old man’s tale of youth."