Reflections Before Bedtime #41

By: Gabriela Yareliz

“I am poor, but if I see eggnog, I will buy some.”

It’s night. There is a full moon covered in a frosting made of fog. My limbs are aching after an extremely long and delightful walk. Today was beautiful. Walking is like a drug for me.

It was a great day of reflection, discovery and fun conversations. I am sitting here listening to Delilah, the lady on the radio who takes calls, song requests and gives advice. Love her. Listening to her is an old tradition of mine, but it never ceases to make me feel 90s. It makes me feel like I am Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle. Sometimes, my life resembles a Meg Ryan movie. I do romantic comedy very well. Emphasis on the comedy part.

Maybe my life is more like a John Cusack film… anyway…

We all need recharge days. We all find ourselves, at some point, at a place where we are learning a lot, all at once. Life happens, and you have to learn to deal.

Sometimes, we live too naively; we are insecure, intense, intimidating and self-preserving. It’s about learning to be patient; trying to expand your perspective outside of yourself; simply giving people a chance and letting people in.

On my way home from the market this week, I had a little carton of eggs in my cart. I walked several blocks to get home. By the time I got home, I thought several eggs had cracked because of the ups and downs along the way.

Sometimes, you will find some things break and get messy. You clean it up and move on. There are other times, when nothing breaks, and it withstands the journey. You don’t know what is happening along the way. You just hope and pray your investment is safe. You only know if everything is okay, when you get home; when you are standing on the sacred ground called kitchen.

The journey is long. No one seems to be in a rush, and there are a lot of cracks in the sidewalk. The faster you go, it seems, the more likely things will break.

There are some journeys you walk because you believe you can make it home, all eggs in tact; other journeys, you decide not to walk after all; and other journeys, you must decide whether they are worth the effort and time.

Last reflection of the night:

If you see eggnog–buy it. No questions there.

And now, back to Delilah. John Legend is on, which means this caller’s love story is a winner.


No Reservations

Kate: I wish there was a cookbook for life, you know? Recipes telling us exactly what to do. I know, I know, you’re gonna say “How else will you learn, Kate.”
Therapist: mm. No, actually I wasn’t going to say that. You want to guess again?
Kate: No, no, go ahead.

Therapist: Well what I was going to say was, you know better than anyone, it’s the recipes that you create yourself that are the best.

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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