One day I had lunch with some old friends. Jim, a short, balding golfer type, about 85-years old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant bunch.

When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Jim who said, “A large piece of home-made apple pie, heated please.”

I wasn’t sure my ears heard him right, and the others were aghast, when Jim continued, completely unabashed…”along with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream.”

We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy eating mine.

I couldn’t take my eyes off of Jim as I watched him savoring each bite of his pie a-la-mode. The other guys just grinned in disbelief as they silently ate their lunches.

The next time I went out to eat, I called Jim and invited him to join me. I lunched on a white meat tuna sandwich, while he ordered a chocolate parfait. Since I was chuckling, he wanted to know if he amused me.

I answered, “Yes, you certainly do, but you also confuse me. How come you always order such rich desserts, while I feel like I must be sensible in my food choices?”

He laughed and said “I’m tasting all that is possible for me to taste. I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should in order to stay healthy, but life’s too short, my friend. I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I’ve never been this old before, so, while I’m still here, I’ve decided it’s time to try all those things that, for years, I’ve been ignoring.”

He continued, “I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to wolf down and kites to be flown overhead.

“There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.

“I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.

“I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the one I love the most.

“I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.

“So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before nightfall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had that final piece of pie before my life expired.”

With that, I called the waitress over.. “I’ve changed my mind, ” I said. “I want what he’s having, only add some more whipped cream!”

Hat tip: Weezie
Image Credit: Ashley Thomas

55 thoughts on “Lunch

  1. Christine says:

    I like the way he thinks. I try to live it up as best I can every day, but when the kids are grown, watch out! I'm really going to pull out all of the stops! πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely day!

  2. messymimi says:

    There is a certain amount of truth to it. It's why i let my inner child have coconut milk lattes and the substitute ice cream while we were in Disney World, the stuff i don't indulge in daily.

  3. Marg says:

    I often think that way myself. Life is just way to short to not enjoy it. I would sure go for a piece if pie for lunch. How yummy would that be??? Sandee, you and Zane and that Little Bit too have a fantastic day.

  4. Paul Pietrangelo says:

    He's totally correct. God only knows when you will die and after my stroke in 1977, yes I'm still here but I was suppose to die. That is why each day I wake up I thank Him above for that day and want to enjoy that day. Yes, you still have to be careful but, heck have that piece of pie or cake or whatever.
    Have a great Tuesday Sandee and enjoy that donut and an extra cup of coffee my friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Empress Bee (of the high sea) says:

    Moderation. I finally learned that after many years.

    Hello my dear friend! Roche' said to tell you he is not ignoring you but he's in love with the new gay neighbor above me. We are invited to dinner there tonight, he's trying on everything in his closet this morning.

    smiles, bee

  6. cube says:

    The older I get, the more I think that moderation in all things implies moderation in moderation as well. Of course I'm not 85 yet, but little by little, I allow myself a bit of rule breakage as the years roll by. When I reach 85, you all better watch out! πŸ˜‰

  7. Catherine says:

    Dear Sandee, This is a wonderful post to remind us how a day in the life may be so brief and to simple enjoy. I am so glad I read this. I think we all need a little eye opening. Great advice my friend. xoxox Catherine

    • Comedy Plus says:

      I've a feeling that you live life pretty much like this already.

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      β™ͺβ™ͺHappy Birthday to you,β™ͺβ™ͺ
      β™ͺβ™ͺHappy Birthday Dear Catherine,β™ͺβ™ͺ
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  8. Rajagopalan says:

    This remids me of the famous tamil movie song"Chinna chinna aasai…", which means small desires I have in my heart for a long time. It goes like this:
    I want to touch the moon and kiss it
    I want the Earth to revolve around me
    I want to catch the fish and then let it go to the waters
    I want to sit and slide on the rainbow …

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