Yesterday, I had the outrageous fortune to
- wake up in the morning,
- see signs of thanks giving,
- meet my sister Ellen, who is one of the leading women in my life,
- live another day without allergies,
- encounter a t-shirt which reminded me of my late father, who had the brilliant idea of renaming a local business “The No Fakery Bakery,”
- reminisce with my sister about how my father’s submitting that winning name in the local bakery’s contest many years ago resulted in our family winning free bagels and cream cheese for a week,
- breathe free,
- realize that people are still singing and acting in the name of love,
- meet my wonderful friend Barbara, who is one of my favorite people in the world,
- see familiar faces in a local no-fakery bakery that ships all over the world,
- spend time breathing and taking pictures on a bench near the Charles River,
- see a bumper sticker with my boyfriend, Michael, which reminded us of an experience we had the day after my open heart surgery in September (which I had the outrageous fortune to share with you in this post),
- realize that no matter what else is happening to me right now, my scars from all my recent cardiac-related surgeries are healing and no longer need dressing with gauze and tape,
- and have another piece of Michael’s outrageous chocolate cake.
During times of outrageous fortune, it helps to realize how outrageously fortunate I am.
Tonight, I have the outrageous fortune of seeing Benedict Cumberbatch in a production of Hamlet at a local movie theater with my friend Kathy, where we’ll have the outrageous fortune of hearing him recite these outrageous lines:
To be or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them
As I’ve recently said to several people I have the outrageous fortune to know, during times of outrageous fortune I can reduce my outrage with Dickens and with Shakespeare.
I just had the outrageous fortune of finding this music on YouTube in the name of love:
Will I have the outrageous fortune of seeing a comment from you, below?
I have the outrageous fortune of being able to thank all who helped me create this post and you — of course! — whom I am outrageously fortunate to know.