Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
One day I had a date with friends for lunch. Mae, a little ole "blue hair" about 95 years old, came along with them......all in all, a pleasant bunch. When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups except for Mae who said, "Ice Cream, please....two scoops chocolate.
I wasn't sure my ears heard me right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie." Mae added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine. I couldn't take my eyes off Mae as her pie a-la-mode went down. The other ladies showed dismay. They ate their lunches silently and frowned.
The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Mae. I lunched on white meat tuna. She ordered a parfait..... I smiled. She asked if she amused me. I answered, "Yes, you do, but you also confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? She laughed and said, with wanton mirth, "I'm tasting all that is possible.
Mae told me, "I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should....but life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good. This year, I realized how old I was. (She grinned) I haven't told this before. So before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I ignored. I haven't smelled all the flowers yet.....There are too many books I haven't read. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead."
She continued, "There are many malls I haven't shopped. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of Broadway hits and potato chips and cokes. I want to wade again in water and feel the ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace. I want p-nut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most. I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind in my hair. So, if I choose to have dessert instead of having dinner, then should I die before night falls, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."
With that, I called the waitress over....I've changed my mind, " I said. "I want what she is having, only add some more whipped cream."
Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect. Remember that while money talks.....CHOCOLATE SINGS!!!!!!.