Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A word from Unocchio
Happy Monday.. or Tuesday... or Wednesday ... or whatever day it happens to be!
The other day I had lunch with some friends...all in all, a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented, the other guys ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for me, I said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate.
My friends could not believe their ears , and sat there aghast. Is this really him?
"Along with heated apple pie," I added, completely unabashed.
They tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. .but when our orders were brought out, they did not seem to enjoy theirs as much as I enjoyed mine.
They couldn't take their eyes off me as my pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn't believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.
The next time Jim went out to eat, he called and invited me. Jim lunched on white meat tuna. I ordered a parfait. Jim smiled.
I asked if I amused him
He answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? I laughed and said "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... grinning from ear to ear. 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 trout streams I haven’t fished. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down …. kites to be flown overhead …paintings to be painted...pictures to be taken on my digital SLR camera.
There are too many trails I have not hiked ….beaches I have not waded. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and Hebrew National hotdogs along with a cold beer.
I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a field of clover and be thankful I am able to enjoy nature in all it's beauty.
I want almond butter every day spread on my morning sprouted grain 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 on my face. I want to be 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.."
This is my gift to you - We need an annual Friends Day!
Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy.
Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like and respect. Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!