I was listening to the audio version of Debbie Macomber's "The Shop on Blossom Street" yesterday afternoon while having a mini meltdown, cleaning the oven (How's that for temptation when you're freaking out?! Don't worry, our's is electric!), loading the dishwasher and making baked ziti for dinner. Thanks to YahooChat, I was able to work through my little episode (another post, perhaps) and regain some sense of sanity!
Then what I was listening to seemed to jump out at me through the speakers! Made me stop what I was doing and listen to it again.
"You said you started this shop as an affirmation of life."
I nodded. "I did-" Margaret didn't allow me to finish.
"Then LIVE. Get involved in life, Lydia..."
"Live, Lydia," she said again. "Get out there and find out what life's all about. And do it before you shrivel up - or die."
(from page 143 of the paperback)
Hearing this jump started me. Startled me as well. I'd been telling myself off and on for years that I am not really living my life. Since being with Hubby, he'd been telling me the same. And things are so different for me now! What's my excuse?
What is my affirmation of life?
Last night I read the following while looking for the above so I could underline it in the book:
"You keep telling me this shop of yours is an affirmation of life."
"Yes, I know, but-"
"Well, why don't you put your money where your mouth is."
It distressed me that my sister seemed to enjoy harrassing me. "It's my life, Margaret."
"LIFE?" She said scornfully. "What life? All you do is work and knit, which is your work..."
I wasn't sure why I was so adamant. "Because..."
"All right, I'm afraid," I almost shouted, "but that doesn't change anything."
"Get over it."
"Oh, Margaret, you make everything seem so easy."
(from page 176 of the paperback)
Insert Victor for Margaret & change the 'all you do is' and there you have a bit of what's been thrown out between us from time to time, nearly word for word!
At this moment, I don't know what my affirmation of life is. I do know that since last night, I have wanted to post about this and journal about it as well. Just to get it out there.
My question for all of you, my dear friends and readers is this: Do you have an affirmation of life? If so, what is it?