What’s the first step in any weight loss or health plan? Examine those nutrition facts, found in that familiar rectangle on the side of food packages.
Having been overweight my entire life, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t seriously consider every morsel that went in my mouth. And, after I was diagnosed with diabetes and gluten intolerance, I don’t put anything near my mouth without considering what it contains.
I recently read a true story about an older widower who was looking through a family trunk and just now found a handwritten poem titled “Just One More Day.” The piece was written more than 30 years ago just days before his wife died after a long illness.
The poem went something like this “Give me just one more day with you!”
Those poignant words were overwhelming to him and are enough to get our attention because life is so uncertain. Our rugs can be jerked out from under our feet so quickly, with no warning.
My husband loves to hold my hand. And much to my surprise and delight, I love that too. Despite the fact that they are so different, our hands seem to have been designed one for the other.
But as much as he likes to hold my hands, he likes to study them as well. He marvels at how small my hands seem in his; and, because he thinks my hands are beautiful, he loves to put something sparkly on them. For him there is security in our intertwined hands, a tangible connection to our hearts where our relationship is constantly evolving. And I love that about him.
We’re having some really crazy weather. A few nights ago it stormed for a couple of hours. When I say stormed, I mean for real. My niece from New Orleans, Jane Newman, came in just before it fell apart. In fact, we were warned to take cover as a small tornado dipped down over our area. We had to spend a little time hiding out in the bathroom as the gusting winds threatened and the storm roared around us. On the third floor of my building, we watched the treetops bend and sway outside my balcony. I was amazed that the lights never went off, but there was a deluge of rain.