Monday, August 18, 2008

Meaningful Monday

One day I had a date for lunch with friends. Mae, a little old lady with "blue hair" about 80 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 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 also you 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. 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 been this old before." "So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had 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. 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 ocean spray on my face.
I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
I want peanut 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. I want to fall in love again.

So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, 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!"

Note from Jo: I am sure that most of you have at some point and time received this bit of wisdom in your e-mail. I like to read it from time to time as a reminder that we aren't invincible. Some day we all will all will cross over to our great reward. Since none of us knows when that 'Some Day' will be we need to live each day to the fullest. We all need to ride that Merry Go Round and reach for the brass ring. Do the things we have dreamed of doing. Eat breakfast for supper, dance in the rain, eat dessert first and the main course last or not at all. Mend fences that are broken because happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we love and respect.

J.D. and I would like to introduce the newest member of the family. This is Max! We have been talking about getting a dog for quite a while now and yesterday as I was reading the Freecycle digest I came across an ad offering a 10 month old male Akita/German Shepherd.

We went to check him out and it was love at first sight. Max was originally an Adopt~A~Pet. His other home was just getting too crowded and they couldn't offer Max the attention and individual love that he deserves. He seems to think he is a lap dog.

I don't know, do you think Max looks like he will be happy living here?

May your day be filled with many blessings and lots of desserts!


Lynne said...

Max looks like a sweet baby. I'm sure you'll all be happy together.

I love to hear about people adopting older dogs (beyond the little baby stage) - they needs homes as well as the cute little puppies.

Lib said...

Hi Jo,
I want to be like mae.a great post!
Love Max ,looks like he is happy and well loved:o)
Have agreat wk.

farmlady said...

Thank you for this post. I needed it this morning. Going to the hospital AGAIN. Too many appts. this month. I think that after I'm through I'm going to drive to the nearest Ice cream store and order a hot fudge sunday. Life is short and I think I need to eat dessert first. Love ya, Elly Mae

farmlady said...

About Max. Take a look back at some of my posts. Find one with Maggie in it. Could Max and Maggie be related? I think maybe....

He's a keeper. He's just a handsome dog he is. Congratulations!!

You think he's happy with with your hubby in the recliner?

Linds said...

Max is gorgeous, and he is cleary at home! All my dogs have been rescued ones, and I have loved them all. I don't have one at the moment, though. Sigh.

More wisdom in your story re Mae. I hadn't read it before, but it is great advice,and I am going to try to be like her too!

Kate said...

Thanks for this post Jo, it made my day, what a woman, she's learned a hang of a lot in the years she has lived .... Good for her! I hope she has much more time to do the things she had missed and I hope she enjoys them thoroughly. Love Kate xx.

Jess said...

Max is perfect!

Loved your story...we all need to read this from time to time.

Have a wonderful week.

Artsy said...

Wonderful post. Its so important to live each day to the fullest and always be mindful of our blessings. Thank you for the reminder.

Max is quite a handsome fellow. I'm sure he'll make a great family member.


BittersweetPunkin said...

LOVED the story...

That is the cutest dog..I can't believe you got him from Freecycle! What a DH and kids want a dog too...I want to adopt and they want a we compromised and have 2 cats!
I hope you have a great day!

Picket said...

Great post Jo..I loved that story and I couldn't agree the new furbaby..and I know he will love living with you..we had a beautiful sheperd mix once and she was the sweetest thing ever...funny how the big furbabies turn into the greatest lap dogs!!!!lol have a great day my friend!

violetlady said...

What a handsome dog. Max will certainly be happy in your loving home. Congratulations on your new addition.

Tina Coruth said...


I love this story!! It's wonderful and filled with wisdom.

I think Max is going to be very happy in your home. Actually, it looks to me as though he has made his decision and made himself at home!!


Reva said...

yes, I've read the first little story you repeated and yes, I too think it's time to enjoy each day to the fullest, which is of course the theme of my own site on gifting ourselves to those around us every day.
I think Max is a lucky dog and deserves to have a family like yours. Congratulations on the newest member of your family!

The Old Man and His Dog said...

I love Max. Good luck with him!! How is your granddaughter and her diabetes?