Monday, January 14, 2008
This is my first morning of my first day. It's ironic that I had no problem at all measuring out my 4 oz of 2% milk for my 2 cups of coffee, and breezed through measuring my allowed sliver of butter for my whole wheat toast and 1/2 cup serving of grits. I sliced my 7" banana in half with the skill of a ginzu chef! I smiled secretly as I stashed my fat free strawberry Yoplait yogurt in the refrigerator for hunger pangs yet to come. Easy! However...
Somehow, when I began thinking (rationalizing) about starting my scheduled 10 minute walk... excuses poured into my head. It's still too chilly! (50 degrees and sunny). I've never walked with Arrow before (my 3 year old Lhasa rescue). Maybe they don't allow dogs at my designated walking course (a massive church campus near my home). So, I settled deeper into my goose down throw (thanks, Kelly!) watched the Today show and vowed to walk... "sometime this afternoon".
I browsed websites with one ear open to the television and gradually found myself listening more closely to a profile of Judith Jones, an editor at Knopf publishing in NYC. She's written a book herself and her life is fascinating. Most famously, she is credited with "discovering" the manuscript for Diary of Anne Frank after many other publishers had turned it down. She was the editor for Julia Childs and other very famous chefs. She, herself, is a gourmet cook. The food aspect of this piece is no doubt what drew me to watch and listen more closely. I consider myself a "foodie". However, it is the closing shot of the interview that gave me my aha! moment. Picture a beautiful snow covered northeastern countryside shot..snowflakes falling briskly. Now, close in to a fence lined path through the woods and finally.. a bundled up 83 year old woman striding briskly along it. I tell ya. I literally leaped up to dress for my walk. I took my iPod, my mittens, my dog and myself to the church parking lot. I fastened my earphones on just in time to hear the first of my "warm up" tunes, Lovers Lullaby by Janice Ian. The song itself always has an almost pavlovian effect on me as it evokes memories of endless holidays with my extended family, gathered near a fireplace in Lake Tahoe.. bellowing this particular song at the top of our lungs. The sun was shining, the temperature brisk. My dog was obedient and frantically happy. My heart was full. I broke a sweat. My walk was amazing. :)