26 July 2008

Blog your Blessing : Chocolate

One day I had a date for lunch with old friends. One of these old friends was Marie, a woman about 70 years old. When the menus were presented, some of us ordered salads, some sandwiches and some soups. Marie said, "I will have two scoops of ice cream, please, chocolate."

Everyone looked at each other and then at Marie. Unfazed by all the attention, she continued with her order. "With that ice cream, bring a slice of apple pie, heated, please." We all acted nonchalant, as if people did this all the time. We were cool, right? When our lunch was served, all eyes were on Marie's selection. Being the well-mannered women we are, we did not say anything to Marie about her diet.

A few days later, I called and invited Marie to lunch. After I ordered a salad with dressing on the side, my mouth dropped open when Marie ordered a parfait, with whipped cream. I smiled at Marie and she asked if she amused me. I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me. Why do you order rich desserts instead of a sensible meal?"

Marie giggled and said,"I try to eat the food my body requires and keep fit by walking. But, life is so short, my friend, that I do not want to miss anything." She continued, "This year I realized how old I am--I have never been this old before."

"So, before I die, I am going to try the things that I have wanted to do for years! I want to see the tulips in Holland, swim in the spring-fed pool, read all the classics, see a NASCAR race, attend a rodeo, see all the volcanoes in Hawaii, laugh at all the jokes, shop all the outlet malls and go backstage at a Willie Nelson concert."

Marie spoke of missed Broadway shows, phone calls not returned, letters not mailed, church services missed and comfort calls not made. She wants to walk in the rain and fall in love again. She hopes to sit in an old country church and thank God for His Grace.

If she chooses to have dessert instead of dinner, then should she die before morning, she would die a winner, to her way of thinking. "I would have filled my heart's desire by eating that final sweet before my life expired."

I called the waitress over. "I have changed my mind, I want what she is having only add some fudge sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top!"

Be good to yourself,
Take more chances,
Laugh more often and
May you die with chocolate on your lips.

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Anonymous said...

What a great attitude!

SandyCarlson said...

Beautiful story! So often we live as if we are going somewhere, forgetting that here and now are exactly all we have. Thanks for the reminder. God bless.

Whatever said...

ROCK ON! That was a wonderful post! In particular, how Marie talks about a whole range of human experiences that she wants to experience --- note just chocolate...though it does head a number of lists :-)

kuanyin333 said...

I absolutely adore your post today! So much truth was written here!

Anonymous said...

Just wonderful! May we all breath our last with a touch of sweetness left on our lips!

Be blessed

Paulie said...

If I have to die with chocolate on my lips, please, Lord, make it chocolate licorice since I am not really fond of other kinds of chocolate yummies. Ü

I had to chuckle as I never thought I would read abut chocolate being a blessing. Good on her!

Blue Panther said...

That is a great post!!!

It also tells us how there are things and realities of life that are revealed to us as we grow older.

It is also great to come across
people like Marie whose attitude can be a great lesson to us.

Have a great week ahead!

CyberCelt said...

@karen-I thought so, once I got used to it.

@sandy-Life is what happens as we wait for something to happen.

@whatever-Thanks! That is high praise indeed. We all need bucket lists of things we want to do before we run out of time.

@kuanyin-I appreciate you stopping by and the prayers. Keep them coming.

@mama kelly-Can you see us? Long grey hair, stuck together with chocolate, with big smiles on our faces.

@paulie-You may die with whatever you wish on your lips, or doing whatever you wish, or in a place you wish. Its your choice.

@neo-Thanks. Sometimes we must stop and see where we are and what we want to do before we pass. I am in a health situation now that makes me think of this. It is good.

Unknown said...

couldn't help but bringing up a smile reading that

why wait? start now?!

Anonymous said...

great post, reading posts like this is like a breath of fresh air... you should watch the 'bucket list' if you still haven't yet...

Anonymous said...

a good read, absolutely adorable.

Anonymous said...

I love your story and absolutely agree!
I can't wait to try out the blog your blessings Sunday.
Have a great weekend!

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