I’m on a How I Met Your Mother binge recently, watching old episodes during breakfast and whenever I want to waste some time. This morning I watched Season 6, Episode 13, “Bad News”. In the very end, as Marshall is about to celebrate his good news from the clinic with his father, his wife shows up to tell him about his father’s heart attack. Marshall’s father has died. All Marshall says is, “I’m not ready for this.”
Call me a baby if you like, but I broke down the first time I saw this episode, and I broke down this morning seeing it again. I believe the first time I watched it was shortly after both of my dad’s parents had recently passed away, and I broke down at the thought of going through what my own father was going through at that time.
Today, I broke down again, because I know exactly the emotion being portrayed on screen. Danny isn’t my father, or anything like that, but I looked up to him a lot, and there are certain things that I’d want to celebrate with him. I think the toughest part of missing someone who has passed comes every time you’d like them to be there for a big change in your life, or to celebrate an accomplishment.
I like the line, “I’m not ready for this.” I don’t know if it’s something someone would say in real life, but it’s completely true. We were never ready for Danny to go.
I’m not ready for this.