Five things

This afternoon I wanted to get #3 (my 4 year old) back into a napping pattern in line with #4 (my 2 year old) now that numbers 1 and 2 are back in school, sounds like a lot of math huh? Well it was more like an excuse for laying on the sofa with him until he fell asleep, letting my house work and coupon clipping wait. I can’t have anything on the TV he is interested in while attempting to get him to sleep. I usually go to my old stand by, the Food Network. However, seeing as how I’m trying to eat healthy, I figured watching a show that illustrates how to make a deep fried calzone and chocolate dipped cannoli would be counter intuitive at the very least.

I ended up watching “The Bucket List” on HBO. For the most part it was nothing I’d have watched again. Turns out it’s one of those sneaky flicks. You know the ones you suffer through, hoping it’s almost over and then WHAM it smacks you in the face with a great ending. This one certainly fits that bill. I ended up bawling like a baby. When I’d sopped up the wet mascara streaks (so wish I’d gone with the water proof this morning) I got to thinking. If I had to make a list of things I wanted to do before I make it to the great beyond what would they be? I could go on and on if given no limit here but I figured that I’d keep it to five. But before I get to that there was a great line that Morgan Freeman’s character asks of Jack Nicholson’s. He tells him that the ancient Egyptians said that when a person passed away they’d be asked 2 questions at the gates of the next world. Their answer would determine if they got into heaven or not. I think it’s really a great mantra to live life by and I just might give it a go… “Did you find joy in your life? Did your life give joy to others” I want to be able to always, no matter the situation, ask myself these questions and answer with a resounding YES!

Now onto the 5 things. I’d love to hear yours too. I think we can learn a lot about ourselves when we listen to the hopes of others. Thanks for reading!

1. See my children succeed. No matter what it is I want to be there when they find that thing that means success to them at every stage of their lives.

2. Live with my husband in the small town we fell in love with in Italy this summer. I’ve lived in Europe and really want to again. And no place is more beautiful than Buonconvento with my husband by my side.

3. Get a book published

4. Visit Peru, The Amazon, Tahiti, China, Alaska, India and spend a long time in Ireland (I’ve never been there for more than over night)

5. Be able to help someone else attain their dream. Growing up the kindness of people we never met made a huge difference in my life and the lives of my parents and siblings. We never found out who did it but our lives would never have been the same with out that kindness. I’d like to be able to give that to someone else.

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