Last Words

Those who watched The Big Bang Theory (TBBT) always knew that Sheldon’s father, George Cooper Sr., was going to die just before Sheldon left for college. TBBT did not portray Sheldon’s father in a good light though.

But then there was Young Sheldon. George Cooper Sr. got a better treatment. We came to know him and love him as a good husband, father, son-in-law, friend and a coach.

As a new chapter begins to unfold in the Cooper household, a tragedy struck and George dies due to heart attack. This was inevitable but it is hard to accept death of a loved one, even if it is a fictional one. I think the most affected would have been Missy. I had absolutely loved their bonding, be it over a date for lobster, getting her feminine hygiene products when she got her first period or teaching her baseball. Fathers and daughters are special that way.

I wanted to watch this episode before the various clips on social media ruined it for me. I did not think the episode will make me emotional as I already knew what was coming.

Narrator: She did get emotional

The one thing I loved was the way Sheldon kept thinking of the last words he spoke with his father.

Sheldon was upset with him because they would be moving to Houston and he would lose his childhood home. As George says, “See You Later” Sheldon watches him go without saying anything, possibly, still resentful.

He keeps playing the scene in his head multiple times. What could he have said if he knew this was the last time he spoke to his father?

We have lost someone or other in this life, to death or time. And sometimes the end comes so suddenly, we don’t get a chance to repair or validate our feelings for them.

We have always attached significance to the Last Words. Last words are final. Last words are the legacy a person leaves behind. Last words are the words that signified the current status of your relationship.

Words are powerful and you never know what are you going to say for the last time. So every time we open our mouth to say something, specially to the people we love and care about, we have to be mindful of what we are saying. Are we going to regret our words or be content that we made them loved and cared for?