The Lives We’ve Lived

In 1998, Jenna died on Guiding Light. It was a big deal. She was a jewel thief who fell in love with Buzz, and they were perfect for one another. But, she died. People die, ladies and gentlemen. That’s all you need to know.

After she died, she made the rounds of her friends and loved ones. One of them was Alexandra Spaulding, who was unsurprisingly unsurprised to see Jenna’s ghost. “Women who’ve lived the lives we have aren’t surprised by much,” she says. A decade-plus later their scene has stayed with me, possibly because I fully intend to visit a handful of people after my death, Pall Mall in hand, to have a cocktail and dispense words of wryly amusing comfort.

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