Mary Ann from Gilligan’s Island, the actress Dawn Wells, died of Covid. Today is the seventh day of my illness with what I believe was Covid Omicron, and it seems very likely I will not die of it. Of course, I was triple-vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. And she was 82 and arguably in worse shape health-wise than me.,
Is it fair? Should it have happened this way?
When I was twelve and she was 29, I worshiped her. Of course, it was the Mary Ann in syndicated reruns I really loved. She was even younger than 29 in that context.
So, how do you balance existential equations like that?
Would I have traded my life for hers? Yes, probably. But what would it really matter? I don’t know what to think.
The Cardinals football team lost again in the first round of the playoffs. They had their best start of any year this football season, and they were being talked about as a favorite to reach the Superbowl. Then they collapsed and won significantly fewer games than they lost in the second half of the season.
Why did their winning engine go so dead at the worst possible time?
Well, I have been thinking since the St. Louis Blues finally won their first Stanley Cup that if the Arizona Cardinals ever won the Superbowl, as they came within minutes of doing in the 2009 Superbowl, I would probably die because all my sports-team wishes would’ve come true. Does that mean I owe my continued existence to the Los Angeles Rams for defeating them? I don’t know what to think.
Uh oh! Does that mean that since, “I Don’t Know What to Think,” Therefore I am not?
Doing the philosophical-thinking thing can be deadly serious.
4 responses to “I Don’t Know What to Think”
A lot of people find it easier not to think…
Yes, but I am not ready to give up existing because of it.
Mickey, I hope you are doing better and it sad to learn of Dawn Wells’ demise. I was always a Mary Ann fan over Ginger. Even as a boy, I was struck by a few unusual things. Was that all Ginger packed to wear for a cruise? She had her make-up, but not anything else? The other is why did the Howells carry so much cash for a cruise no less? Keith
I think they were mainly props to establish the character type. But they are not cartoon characters… except for Mr. Howell. He was also Mr. Magoo.