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Monday, November 9, 2009

Another simple thank you....

Once's Monday.....
It's time to give thanks.

Remember...that's what we're doing here on Mondays in November.
We're not bitching and moaning about the fact that it's Monday.
We're kicking off our week with a simple thank you....
If you need a little here.

Today, on this second Monday of November, I am thankful for Monday diets.
Yes, you heard me right--Monday diets.
You see--this past weekend, the world lost one of it's most notorious Monday dieters--my beloved Aunt Mary.
In my treasure trove of memories--Monday diets and Aunt Mary go together like peanut butter and jelly, like gin and tonic, like spaghetti and meatballs.
My Aunt Mary was always on a diet. On Monday. She'd talk it up every Sunday with equal parts ghusto and disgust. Ghusto--because this time she was going to do it. Disgust--because she couldn't believe she didn't get it right the Monday before or the Monday before that.
So, why am I so thankful for Monday diets?
For one thing--I like the memories.
For another--Monday diets was something my Aunt Mary and my mother shared. Every week. They were best friends. They shared everything---including their Monday diets.
It was a conversation that never ended between the two of them. Until my mother died...36 years ago.
After that, Aunt Mary was on her own with her Monday diets.
She still mentioned them from time to time....but never with the same ghusto or disgust.
I never really thought much about those Monday diets as time went by. Until Aunt Mary got sick several years back and started to wither away. That's when she told me that the diet was finally working.....just when she didn't want it to.
"Isn't that always the way?" she clucked in her Aunt-Mary-way...."all those years of going on a diet every Monday only to find that someday, without even going on a diet, I would lose all the weight I was supposed to lose!" ...her voice tinged with both sadness and amusement over the irony of it all.
Today....I am especially thankful Aunt Mary and her Monday diet buddy--Din (my mother)....can finally continue their conversation. They've been waiting a lot of Mondays for this.
Monday diet in heaven.
Better than Weight Watchers, the Grapefruit Diet, those Ayds carmels, TOPs and Dr. Cip's magic pills (yes, they did them all and then some).
Maybe even better than a Lap band.

I'll miss Aunt Mary. Very much.
But, it was time my mother got her back.
I'm okay with that.
And, I'm thankful.

Tell me, what little thing are you thankful for today?


Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for my little camera purchased recently for our trip to Alaska for its size and ease of use. Because of this I'm able to take it everywhere thus taking pics of those moments in my adult children's lives as well as the wild and loving lives of my gkids. Their smiling or cranky faces saved in my harddrive.


Jody V said...

I'm thankful for what I have. I know I want but what I enough. I'm blessed with a home and loving family...yes...even Frank's dysfunctional family. That's what I'm thankful for this Monday.

I love this idea Judi. It starts the week off right.

Gerry said...

I'm thankful that I'm not in charge anymore! ;)

Debbie said...

I'm thankful for my new cell phone that makes texting so easy.

Eileen, Founder, Organizer, Mayor and Chief Cook And Bottle Washer of the Anger Management Girls. said...

I wish I were thankful for a new computer!!!!
Maybe next Monday!!
Miss you too.
That's it. I'm thankful that I have someone/something I love enough to miss.

Gen said...

I am thankful to have read this! Thanks Judi.