Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In Praise of Cabbage-- and other great things.

I’m forty now. Determined to think that this will be my best decade, despite the wrinkly skin and pounds that are harder to take off. Here are the things that I have going for me:

1.Two wonderful children. I always wanted to be a parent. I embraced the parenting wholeheartedly and regret nothing. And now they are big and life is grand partly because they are grand kids and partly because I can be their parent and…

2. Write. Almost as much as I wanted to have babies, did I also wanted to make up books. And by make them, I guess I meant gestate them until full-term(so much longer than you have to do then with those human zygotes). And then labor them out into the world(also maybe more mentally painful, if not as physically miraculous). Like being a parent, I have wanted to make those wordy worlds since I was just a little reader. And now I nearly have a fledgling book of my own. I have to thank…

3. Josh. Not only does he support me in this (financially among all the other ways), but without him I would still be trapped in a lot of bad old habits that would have me insecure and not writing and I probably would never have found…

4. The yoga. Thank god for that(it is religious to me after all). Without yoga, the kids would drive me nuts, the ego would keep me crossing out words and I wouldn’t be able to stand on my head(something I could never do before 40—I literally just started this past week).

5. Cabbage. (I didn’t know how to connect this with the above). I live close to the co op so I have access to all the organic purple cabbage I could possibly eat. Its color looks good in any meal, next to any meal, and on the counter. It’s excellent cooked or raw. Great in Asian, Mexican and Irish, and a bunch of other cultural foods of my own invention. It lasts a long time in the refrigerator. It is so fresh and crunchy on a hike. It is reasonably cheap and extremely healthy. I'm sure it will keep me happy well into my fifties.

As Always(I had a massage today),