I went to my 35th high school class reunion this past weekend. It was small, and basically we just used social media to advertise. Many, many classmates said “I had no idea” … even though we’d sent an email as well. We posted throughout the weekend and got a lot of comments wishing they were there. (Long pause) Live without regret. If you regret not being part of something - event or celebration - you are to blame. I want to say to my friends who complain that the “only time we get together is at funerals …” Well, boo to that -- there is a very good chance they didn’t take the opportunity to go to the reunion. I’m getting to the age where I need to live my life hard and without regret -- doing the tough stuff that fills out my life. I remember my dad talking once about his regrets, and he regretted that didn’t move and buy another house or vacation with mom enough before she passed … I don’t want to do that. Get out, get busy and “do”! You’ll live with less regrets.
A problem with “celebratory” times is too much eating and drinking. I told myself that I’m now in detox mode. For the time being, I’m saying no to stuff I like (the diet where if it tastes good, spit it out). I have always lived by the rule that you must be a good guest and try the food and drink that the host put out specifically for you -- I don’t want to be rude -- but it’s killing me, or at least bloating me. Guh. (again, I’m only being polite.)
A friend full on wet her pants when she was walking the dog the other day. She swore me to secrecy so I can’t tell you who. I felt bad for her and will comply, but I think it’s important to put this out there. Sometimes we don’t talk about the important things, because we are so darn polite, but access to good bathrooms is important. The nephews vacationed down south, and their one big comment was the lack of Casey’s and really horrible bathroom conditions. Casey’s pride themselves on great clean bathrooms, and I think we’re pretty darn lucky in Iowa to have availability to great facilities. When they aren’t present - unfortunate things happen.