Friday, May 13, 2016

♥ The Best Part ♥

As this school year unfolded, I
began noticing a pattern.

Reaching into my son's lunchbox
each evening to retrieve the ice
block, empty the reusable containers
and throw away the crumpled napkin,
I'd discover that he hadn't eaten
his fruit.

After this occurred a few times,
I finally asked him, What's the
deal with your fruit?

I ran out of time, he explained.

But, I pointed out, you managed
to find time to eat your cookies.

Oh, I always eat my dessert first,
he said with a grin.  I don't 
want to miss out on the best part!

Since he is 17 and nearly six feet,
four inches tall, all I could do
was laugh and appreciate his

This exchange reminded me of an
episode of Oprah, titled Great
Women and their Anti-Aging Secrets.
One of the guests was Hollywood
writer-producer Nora Ephron.

Nora's secret?

No more dieting and denying herself
life's little pleasures, as she'd
done for decades.  At age 65, Nora
was rediscovering donuts, carbs,
and many other things she'd been
saving for someday.

Nora advised:

You should just savor everything
in some way so that everyday you
ask, Did I do the thing I really
wanted to do today? Was I with the
people I really wanted to be with?
Was my dinner just fabulous?  Just
absolutely soak it up.

Nora died five and a half
years later.

I'm so glad she ate the donuts.

My takeaway?

Use that gorgeous perfume you
got for Christmas, or set out your
wedding china for pizza on a Tuesday
night. Lie on the grass and look for
animal shapes in the sky. Bite into
a ripe strawberry. Call that special
someone just because.  Buy yourself
bouquet of fragrant flowers.

Savor life.  Soak it up.

As my wise boy sagely noted,

you don't want to miss
the best part :)


{all photos my own}


Anonymous said...

Yes and no. My grandma lived to be 100. At 90, she could swing her leg up like a Ziegfield Follies dancer. I'd rather deny myself a few donuts now in order to be in shape--and not a burden to my kid--later. But a life with NO pleasure is no life at all. What I love about France is the way they enjoy life without taking things to some unhealthy conclusion. They have the best of both worlds.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I am so on board with know how I love a good latte and creme brulee lol. I do have some restrictions, but for the most part I just do, and eat what I want and enjoy it. Tomorrow is never guaranteed to any of us. LOVE this post, Suzanne...xo

Julie said...

Lovely to the last bite.... Such sage wisdom from your guy. Kurt's dad always used to say "Life is short, eat dessert first." :-) My kids liked that. I agree wholeheartedly. Big hugs. Thanks for the smile and REMINDER. xoxo

Sandra Cox said...

Well said. Let's hear it for decadent carbs and living each day to the max!

Ruth McLaurin said...

Lovely, just lovely. I can see your big smile as I read this, thank you for sharing your talent. Ruthie

Donna said...

Excellent post! Too many people "save" the best bits and don't enjoy them.

Bonnie said...

Savor is a beautiful word and the point of your blog post is very profound. We should strive to enjoy and relish everything about the privilege of life.
At the moment I am feeling, seeing and hearing a gentle breeze that is very pleasant. So many little things we take for granted.

I like the idea of eating dessert first.


Did you see the recent documentary on Nora Ephron, done by her son? It was amazing.


Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I always eat dessert first and sometimes its the only thing I eat! As for saving the best for another day, I learned long ago that "another day" sometimes never comes. I love to use my "best" things.

Its funny becauseI find most often it is women who deprive them themselves of things and who safe the good stuff, why is that?

Have a wonderful day Suzanne.