Saved by the Fun…

Last night…I became a member of Toastmasters…and…I knew…I would be Jane Carrollcalled upon…for an impromptu speech…called a Table Topics…I mean…of course…they would want to know if I could…talk

Anyway…I was a bit concerned…would I know enough about the topic of the day…could I think fast enough…should I hide in the restroom until the meeting was over…

Before I could make a mad dash for the ladies room…the topic was announced…tell a short story…each of the three speakers would draw a slip of paper containing…a person…a place…and…a thing…the goal being to make up a story using all three items…and make it last about two minutes…

I breathed a little easier…this smacked of one of my favorite activities…writing prompts…if called upon…I could do it…

And…I was called upon…my three items were…a truck driver…shopping mall…and…an alien…

If I do say so myself…I rocked it…quickly spinning a yarn about a truck driver named Bob driving across New Mexico…who secretly wanted to be abducted by aliens…in order to be on the cover of the National Enquirer…suddenly he saw bright green swirling lights…he thought it was his night…he followed the lights…getting more and more excited with each passing mile…until…he found himself in the shopping mall parking lot…surrounded by search lights…announcing the J. C. Penny’s Home Good Sale…

It was fun…everyone seemed to enjoy it…

Of course…Bertha…said it reminded her of my life in general…nothing is ever wasted…not even the things that I think I am doing…just for fun…in fact…especially the things that I am doing just for fun…will come back to serve me…another day…another way…

Hmmm…maybe I’ll do some fun things today…who knows when I might need them…

Jane

Hello Operator…

This weekend…I spent some time in Memphis…home of…Elvis…BBQ…the Blues…but more importantly…my daughter…

In fact…we didn’t see the King…we didn’t eat BBQ…we did hear a bit of Blues along with some Lynyrd Skynyrd…while eating at a Mexican restaurant…it was definitely a multicultural experience

We did…eat some good food…that fit my eating lifestyle…we visited with friends…went to the Botanic Garden plant sale…went to the Memphis Farmer’s Marketwhere there was a great musician playing 70’s music…along with the first strawberries of the season…we even managed a trip to Beale Street…well…we drove down it for a block as we left the Farmer’s Market

But…more importantly…we talked…we made time for each other…

I came home…refreshed…behind…but…ready to roll…

Bertha…says there is nothing better than to spend some time with those you love…and for once…without contemplation…I can agree wholeheartedly…

Jane