I have noticed that the older I become the faster time moves. I remember when I was young it seemed like days lasted forever and I couldn’t wait to be a grownup. Well, being a grownup is not all that it is cracked up to be. I really miss those days of no bills and frivolous worries like do my socks match my outfit or if a certain person is going to sit next to me today, but I digress… Ah to be young again. I wish that I had savored that time more. Now it seems that no sooner do I wake up then it is time to go to bed again leaving me with a long list of things I wanted to do today undone.
Spider veins run up her thighs and disappear somewhere under her skirt. She hates this uniform. She hates this job. She hates the smells and the noise. Most of all she hates the guys in the back. They are always screwing up her orders and causing her to lose tips. Tips are what she lives on, because God knows no one can make it on a waitress salary.
Her face is smiling up at me from the announcement section of the morning paper. Right there next to his depraved grin, she stands beaming, happy to show off the ring. I wonder who paid for it. Tossing the paper in the trash near the door, I walk out into the morning throng. The sun is shining and life is moving all around me.
Want to find more joy? It’s simple, stop comparing yourself to others and start practicing gratitude. Once we become aware of all that we already have then we can find happiness. Dwelling on what we lack brings on stress and depression. The simple things we take for granted on a daily basis such as safe drinking water and toilets are only dreams to more than half the people in the world. If you go to sleep each night in a safe dry place, you are more fortunate than many in your own community.
Showing gratitude is not complicated it’s as simple as saying thank you.
Memos to myself. Post-it notes stuck everywhere. Little note pads with lists for everyone. Scraps of paper with phone numbers and no name.
Who is this? Is this my handwriting? I don’t even recognize this area code.
As the weather turns colder there is nothing I like more than curling up with a nice warm crochet project, a cup of cocoa, and a good movie. As a matter of fact since I stopped smoking a few years ago, I have become obsessed with crocheting. It gives me something for my hands to do during down times like waiting at the doctor’s office or watching TV.
What’s your favorite Halloween movie?
This is my favorite family friendly Halloween movie.
What age did you stop trick-or-treating?
Stop? Nobody told me I had to stop at a certain age.
Even now after the kids come in the neighborhood we adult emptynesters trick or treat each other.
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