so fun surprising my friend who loved being surprised fully embracing the moment
“the moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. it is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”
-ashley montagu, british/american anthropologist
after last week’s surprise package of tempting treats
another food surprise arrived
a couple of breakfast meals
seem to have fallen from the sky
right to my front door
this time delivered by grub hub
with no address on the receipt
delivered in the morning when i was at school
huge portions of pancakes and eggs benedict
i’m sure they were hot and delicious when they arrived
another set of challenges to my healthy eating
testing my temptation limits
is my door the common delivery area for every address on my street?
what will appear next?
should i leave snacks and drinks out for all of the delivery people yet to come?
“when fortune knocks open the door.”
last night when i walked outside
i tripped over a bag left at my front door
it was filled with treats
cookies, candy, and ice cream
(the three c’s, the holy trinity of sweets, cake can be subbed in as needed)
i had no idea who it was from, no note inside, such a great surprise
then i noticed the address
guessed the delivery person had just reversed it
i could go and deliver it myself
tried to imagine who was waiting for it
it was from a parent
who sent it to their child/college student cramming for an exam?
the victim of a recent romantic breakup needing sugar therapy?
a parent who just needed a break and a treat?
a dieter on a sweets bender?
a family waiting for dessert to go with their board game?
a hallmark movie night for friends?
was it a test from the universe
to challenge my recent healthy eating resolve?
cadbury is my favorite chocolate
the cookies aren’t that big
i could eat one spoon of ice cream a day
i had no idea how long it had been out there
no one had knocked
the ice cream was beginning to soften
i felt for whoever was expecting it
called the company on the bag
they said the customer had reordered when it didn’t arrive
they had already sent them out a new bag of treats
i was welcome to eat it or throw it out
i chose a third option
i delivered this unexpected gift to my daughter
at her house in the light of day.
“life is always bringing unexpected gifts.”
(picture me as the one in the dress without braids, sparkly shoes, or little dog)
when going to the library
to pick up books i had ordered
i walked into the lobby
to grab them off the shelf
the rest of the library was still closed
it was dead silent
no other people were around
but i swear that i heard someone talking to me
i looked in all directions and didn’t see anyone
i heard someone speak once again
looked up to see a giant head on a screen
asking if i was there for a book
my eyes got huge (and i possibly jumped a bit)
so unexpected – talking to a head on a screen
i then knew how dorothy must have felt in the wizard of oz
when she saw the wizard’s head projected on the big curtain
i thanked the giant head, grabbed my books, and walked down the street
thinking about how much i love being surprised by life.
happy 81st anniversary to the wizard of oz
(i now have a new appreciation for it)
“be unprepared, that’s my motto. let life surprise you.”
image credit: metro goldwyn mayer