‘Words of Wisdom from One Who Is Older Than Dirt’
Yesterday I was with some super-swell women friends at a really nice Christmas lunch — the kind of Christmas lunch where your plate has a festive little foil-wrapped treat placed right there next to your fork by your thoughtful holiday hostess.
Well. The oh-so-elegant and beautifully-dressed woman seated next to me reached right for her shiny red-and-green-befoiled peppermint bark, unwrapped it, and ate it — not only before eating her lunch, but before she’d even ordered.
I must say that I was very impressed.
See, I’m the kind of person who promised myself when I was young that when I finally grew up I would eat dessert first and have sex every chance I got.
Needless to say, I haven’t kept either promise. Not very well, anyway.
The not-eating-dessert-first part had to do with wanting to maintain a svelte silhouette, something that mattered to me more as a matter of economics than vanity. I reasoned that, if I didn’t change size, then I wouldn’t have to go shopping. (I hate to shop, not having inherited the Shopping Gene from my loves-to-shop mother.) This worked pretty well for years and years. It got so that people recognized me from party to party not because they remembered my name or even my face — but because they remembered my dress.
Yes, I still have that dress. It has somehow escaped the fate of some of my other kept-forever items. It seems that, like many Women My Age, my weight has, well, redistributed itself. I have had to part with many choice items because either I can’t zip them or can’t breathe once zipped. The Child has become the beneficiary of this cruel twist of fate. Recently she scored a pair of black lace trousers.
As for the having-sex-every-chance-I-got promise, well. I will kindly spare you any details. But you readers who, like me, have been married for a longer age than the age you were when you got married will totally get what I’m talking about.
I will tell you that I had rather a late start, sex wise. In fact, I didn’t even know about sex until very late in the game. I was so remarkably naive that I distinctly remember convincing my Younger Cousin Marcia that she couldn’t possibly be right about the carnal act she had just breathlessly described to me.
“Seriously, Marcia. You think your mom and dad would do that?!? Take it from me, someone has given you some very bad information.”
I think I was in high school at the time. Or at least junior high.
So. Where am I going with all this? Let’s start with the part about Life being Short. I won’t belabor this, but trust me when I say that it feels like it took about ten minutes to go from Actual Child to Current Edition.
Life feels so darned short to me now that I’ve started saying things like: “No, we don’t really need the new deck that lasts thirty years. The ten-year version will work just fine.” And The Dude is even worse than I am. When asked why we go on those tropical birding adventures to crazy places like the Upper Reaches of the Amazon or the Marshes of Uganda, he answers, “We need to go while we still can.”
Anyway. Take it from me, One Who Is Older Than Dirt, go ahead and reach for that dessert or that mate or whatever it is that floats your perhaps-Amazonian boat. You still have plenty of time.
New York City. December 2018
17 thoughts on ““Life is short. Eat dessert first.””
The feeling is more than mutual, dear Cherie!
As always, I LOVE your style and attitude.
Definitely a good outlook! And I call my husband The Husband Dude on my blog. How funny!
Ah! So glad to meet a fellow Dude-connected individual! We know what’s what — what?!?
This is a GREAt post. Thank you. You’ve said all this clearly, bravely and well.
Stuff like this has been on my mind a lot lately because I am as old as dirt and maybe older. I took a selfie the other day on a hike with my dog and when I looked at it at home I thought, “Who’s that?”
There was a point last year (when I wasn’t able to walk well because I needed a new hip) when I decided that it’s what inside me that is who I look like regardless of the reporting of mirrors and cameras, and that I knew I desperately needed the new hip so I could keep being me because otherwise? I’d pull the plug. Now I’m good, so the plug stays in.
“Because I still can” is my motto. <3
“Because I still can” — best motto ever! Thank you for taking the time to weigh in wuth the Voice of Experience. (A moniker I am more than willing, these days, to relinquish!) Seriously, tho. So glad to hear from another similarly-challenged awesome woman. We are the best, and will prevail — even if our dogs fail to recognize us!
I had some smashed up candy canes before dinner today. A great philosophy that I learned here!
Good for you! Somebody’s gotta dispose of defective candy; best be YOU. Merry Christmas!
Sounds like my kind of job
Grabbing my dessert as I type…
You go girl! Thank you, and Merry Christmas, Ritu!
Merry Christmas to you too ??
I hear you on how fast we seem to be older than the hills, with creaky bones to show for it! I may not always eat desert first, but I choose my desert before I even decide on my main course 😉
A most excellent way to order a meal — and order your life!
Great post! And great attitude about life! 🙂
That means a lot, Lisa. I’ll save my dessert for YOU. xo
Thank you! You’re awesome! I’ve never been able to say no to dessert!