Is this too much to ask?
- Travel the world (just like the rest of you fools, I’m sure). In particular: France, Greece, England, Ireland, Scotland, India.
- Eat at a restaurant that was a favorite of Julia Child’s.
- Have a conversation with J.K. Rowling.
- Go on a Disney cruise with James and Co. and act like a kid (who can drink and gamble).
- Publish something (a novel, a novella, a short story collection, a poetry collection, a children’s book, a comic).
I’ve semi been avoiding this because I’m a cotton-headed ninnymuggins who can’t seem to pinpoint one BEST piece of advice (or who gave it to me). Clearly the person who taught me to treat others the way I want to be treated deserves some sort of cash award, but I’ve been trying to think of something a little more specific—and recent.
I guess one of the best most recent pieces of advice I’ve received came from my mother-in-law, Gloucester’s answer to Martha Stewart. She once said something to me, many many many moons ago, about how making your own salad dressing was one of the easiest, yet most impressive, gestures. At first I thought she was crazy. Why make your own salad dressing when everyone has at least 4 different bottles littering their refrigerator shelves. But over the years, I’ve come to 100% live by what she was getting at that day. Taking the extra time to do things personally by hand and from scratch is not only more delicious, but it shows people how much you appreciate them and how excited you are to be spending time with them.
Long story short—small gestures go a long, long way.
are the same things that scare many people most. Ginormo spiders and snakes lurking within reach; the unknowns of death and dying; a phone call delivering devastating news about a loved one; a routine test at the doctor coming back positive for something serious; a simple road trip turning into a fatal car crash; lying in bed and hearing a home invader.
…so I guess that was my roundabout way of saying I’m scared shitless of death, in all its various shapes and sizes.