Oprah-shmoprah. I'm sorry, but most of the *favorite things* are great if you are in the audience, and you're getting them for free!! But what about the rest of us poor schmucks??
Our favorite things often lie in the simple things in our lives. My list is pretty short and sweet. And, after my *many* years on this planet, my list no longer centers around material goods. I won't tell you that I don't enjoy driving my fancy car, because it is better to have reliable transportation than the kind we had many years ago.......I have not forgotten driving with jugs of water in the back seat to refill the radiator on the wrecked Chevette. But I know my true happiness does not rely on those things.
I watched Oprah's *Favorite Things* Show last week, like I do every year. Mostly to see what made the list. Then, I thought.....why not share MY list, and ask all of you to list one of your *favorite things*? It can be anything that makes you happy.
For example, I love getting things ready and packing my suitcase for my annual birthday trip to Michigan. It's not just getting to leave town for a few days.....it really is about my roots, seeing my family, and sharing the dark humor we are known for with the people that get it. I love driving past the farms, seeing the fall colors, and that feeling of being loved and grounded all at the same time.
Just about a decade ago, I lost 4 family members in 5 years, 3 of them to cancer. It was so hard, for so long, to see anything in that experience that was good at all. The holidays were by far the most difficult time for a long, long time. I could hardly bring myself up enough to even decorate. There were so many years we were together for Thanksgiving or Christmas and we took for granted that it would just *be* that way. Richard would drink too much, Mom would complain the turkey was dry, Karen would burn the rolls, I would force people to try a new, healthy alternative to the old holiday recipes. Then when things changed, I realized how much I depended on them to be the same. I was lost for a long, long time.