Friday, January 6, 2012

Maria and Me


If I could show anyone my list of 2012 possibilities, I'd choose Julie Andrews. In her Sound of Music costume.
     Surely Maria, a flibbertijibbet, a will-o'-the wisp, a clown like myself would comprehend why I abhor resolutions. How they remind me of jail, all striped vestments and fetters.
    I bet she'd bring her guitar and when she opened the case it would be empty but the aqua satin lining would dazzle me. I'd gawk at the luxe beauty of it. She'd stoop and stroke the fabric's gleam.  
    “Here, love. Place all your 2012 possibilities in here and nary a word shall I say if any are not achieved.”
    I'd approach her, kind of pulled into myself. She's so famous! And she'd smile and tilt her head to the side. Like maybe she was thinking, "Don't be shy, dear. I use potty paper just like you."
     Then I'd kneel and carefully arrange all my 2012 I-think-I-wanna's (penned in green 'cause that makes them seem alive) in a single layer. And if you read them one by one, this is what they'd say.

Open, offer myself to others more.
Be nicer to my mommy.
Fritter (my moments) less.
Prance, skip, or frolic. At least once a month.
Learn scads of stuff.
Eat fewer things with a face.
Be sincerely (and frequently) thankful.
Wear ponytails at least once this year.
(To remember.)
Exist here. In the moment. More.
Sing out loud. A lot.
(Never mind. I already do that.)
Attempt performance poetry. Once. Maybe.
Bring fewer inanimate objects into our home.
Write love letters to my children.
Take five GIANT steps toward my destiny. 
Create beauty. Often.
Compliment folks frequently and sincerely.
Cultivate strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.
Do that random act of kindess thing. A lot.
Consider coloring a random hank of hair purple.
Make it a point to pronounce the ‘p’ in raspberries.
Date my husband.
Appreciate beauty. Often.
Snort less when I laugh. Maybe.
Fear (your judgement, my failure) less.
Attach a colorful fabric ♥ to a bright sweater.
Selah. Definitely daily. Hopefully more. 
 
   Your turn. What possibilites will you consider for 2012?

7 comments:

Karen said...

good luck with your green ideas! i loved all of them :) i've already failed a few of my resolutions, but i still have 359 days left to make up for them!

Donna Lynn Grace said...

What a great writing style you have! Thank you for helping me to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures that this beautiful life offers. Thanks also for the giggles.

writingdianet said...

Howdy Karen and Donna Lynn:

Bow and curtsy! Thank you so much:) I'm glad I amused you. I hope your 2012(s) are full of grace and peace! Bye~

sandbox gems said...

Hey Diane! I need to fritter less and frolic more, that's for sure! I aim to mingle more in the blog world and connect with other fun peeps like you!

writingdianet said...

Bingo Kim (in the Sandbox:
I'm trying to take some time (Mondays I think would be a good day) to move around the blogosphere, brush shoulders, spread goodwill and all that. See you there, friend:)

Debbie said...

So beautifully written!
And don't snort less. Because if you snort when you laugh, others can't help but laugh along with you.

Janet, said...

What a neat list. Good luck in remembering to do all of these fun things.

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