An Interview with Henry Miller-Greene
Question: Henry, What is your most treasured possession?
Henry: Oh, my. I recently spent five years on an island with essentially no possessions, so I’ve learned an important truth about “stuff,” which is that people can make do without all the gadgetry we often think of as invaluable. I suppose in a way my fellow-castaways and I were simply exchanging higher tech tools for more primitive self-made implements, but still, as much as I would have loved to get my hands on a paring knife, a sharp saw, or even a good hammer, I’d missed my husband, Sam, more than I’d missed any of those things.
Question: Surely there’s something you can point to. How about if you could pick any item—not person—to keep with you always, what would it be?
Henry: Okay, if you’re going to hold my feet to the fire and make me name something, I’ll go with the fancy Swiss Army Knife that Sam bought for me after my return. It would have been worth its weight in gold on that island. Sadly, with travel security measures being what they must be, it’s not something I could have had with me in that situation anyway.
Question: What is your greatest regret?
Henry: I don’t know if I have one anymore. I had a lot of regrets when that airplane was going down. Mostly about things that had been left unsaid with Sam, or that I wished I’d handled differently. One of the things I’ve done since my return is confess all those things to Sam, because I don’t want to be in a position like that ever again—where I could accept what appeared to be my inevitable fate, but not the lack of closure with Sam
Turns out Sam had had a similar problem. He showed me a goodbye letter he’d written to me as part of a grief therapy group project. Damned thing made me cry. He cried, too, when I told him what I’d thought about when I believed I was going to die…the things I regretted then. We vowed to live our lives going forward openly and honestly both with ourselves and each other so we would have no regrets.
If you mean bigger things, like do I regret getting on that plane? That’s a tough one. Everything I’ve experienced in my life has gone into making me who I am today, and I like the man I’ve become. I wouldn’t want to change that, so I can’t change anything about the journey I’ve taken to get here. Besides, Sam and I wouldn’t have Aiden in our lives now if I hadn’t taken that detour from my carefully planned life.
Question: Which living person do you most despise?
Henry: That’s easy. The man who planted those bombs on TransOceanic Flight 3012. I know it’s not necessarily the worst tragedy that’s occurred in my lifetime, or with the perpetrator still living, but it’s one I witnessed first-hand. I saw terrified people who were doomed to die, and knew it. It was a horrifying experience.
Question: What is it that you most dislike?
Henry: Pettiness and pointless drama. More than ever, there’s no room in my life for that kind of nonsense.
Question: What is your motto?
Henry: Live, laugh, love. Live each day as though it’s your last, because one day you’ll be right.