Day 128: I get by with a little help from my friends

This is going to be a short-ish post, today, people.

Because it’s my vacation this week, I’m realizing what my priorities are:

  1. My own basic needs (because if I don’t take care of myself, I can’t be there for anybody else).
  2. My family.
  3. Everybody else I love.
  4. My work in this world (which lately, in my mind, seems to include my paid work and this blog).
  5. Everybody else.
  6. Every thing else.

I haven’t quite figured this list out — including how to stay true to the above priorities (or even who and what fits into what number on the list).

It’s very confusing. But I’m working on it!

Of course, I’ve meandered away from my title — but my title always brings me back to what I wanted to say.

I want to thank people — who are important to me — whom I’ve seen so far, during my vacation week.

In order of appearance, that would be:

  1. Ellie (Saturday morning) — whom I met when I was in my late 40’s.
  2. Joyce (Sunday morning) —  whom I met soon after I was born.
  3. Debbie, now called Deb or Deborah (Sunday for lunch) — whom I met before I was 10.
  4. Linda (Monday evening) — whom I met when I was in my 40’s.
  5. Laura (Tuesday for breakfast) — whom I met before I was 10.
  6. Tony (Tuesday for lunch, at The Dairy Joy) — whom I met when I was in my 20’s.
  7. Mia (Tuesday afternoon, for a walk through Mount Auburn Cemetery) — whom I met very recently.photo (51)
  8. Kathy  — (Tuesday evening, for a baseball game) — whom I met when I was in my 30’s.
  9. Eleanor, also called Ginger or Ella, because that’s a more effective name to use when you’re waiting for your food at a noisy, popular restaurant (Wednesday for breakfast, at Sofra) — whom I met when I was in my 20’s.

This is what I want to say about all these people (and the people whom I hope to see or otherwise connect with during this vacation) (and if not during this vacation, soon afterwards, whenever I get the friggin’ time):

I learn from each of these people, every time I connect with them.

For example, this is something I learned this from Eleanor this morning (in addition to lots of other things):

If your name is easy to miss or otherwise difficult to hear when you’re in a noisy place (like a restaurant) and you’re waiting for something you need (like food), try using a different name just for that purpose.

Possible candidates for a name I might use, in this situation:

  1. Ace.  Pros: I like the sound of that. Possible cons: Too short, and I might feel self-conscious. 
  2. Anna. Pros:  It’s close enough to Ann  that I might still remember to respond to it when I’m distracted. And  it’s two-syllables, so easier to hear.  Cons: Not strong enough to be heard and …. boring!

Hey, look at the time!  That concludes today’s post, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks to everybody.

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11 thoughts on “Day 128: I get by with a little help from my friends

  1. Great game on Tuesday, did you stay until the end? I love this list of gratitude. I was once told that an attitude of gratitude is a powerful thing. Hope you enjoy your vacation, you are certainly lucky to have so many great people in your life. 🙂

    • Thanks for reading and for this post, Jonathan. I have to admit we didn’t stay until the end because the Sox kind of fell apart near the end. (I have a theory about why this may have been, which I might blog about at some point.) Thanks for all your kind thoughts.

  2. Rachel

    Ann, I can’t believe you met Tony at Dairy Joy! If we had been able to get together, that was exactly the place I wanted to suggest we meet.

    Love Rachel

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