Saturday, January 10, 2009
I'm not sure how many of you are familiar with Susan Reinhardt. She has a syndicated column that appears every Saturday in my local paper. For the most part, her columns are humorous and she's been called "the Southern Belle's David Sedaris." Last year, she wrote a column on the more serious side that really hit home for me, so I sent her an email just to let her know how much it meant to me. She responded within 2 hours, asked me to write back and tell her a bit about myself, which I did and since then, we "talk" occasionally via email.
Her column today was about making resolutions and how she's decided just to steal other people's resolutions rather than make up her own mundane, annual ones, like lose weight, read more books,etc. As I was thinking about writing about resolutions myself, after reading her column today, I've decided to steal some of the resolutions Susan stole because I liked them so much. The first 3 were from Erma Bombeck after she learned she had cancer:
"I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage."
"I would have talked less and listened more."
"I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded."
The following were "borrowed" from Maya Angelou:
"Every woman should have a youth she's content to leave behind and a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age."
"Every woman should own a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill and a black lace bra."
"Every woman should know how to live alone, even if she doesn't like it."
So, thank you Susan, Erma, Maya for sharing your wit and your wisdom. Whenever I read something that you wrote, I never get to the end of it without an "ah-ha" moment and a smile on my face.