Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

WALKING IN A WRITER'S WONDERLAND
9/7/2020 1:00:00 AM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

Photo by Aleix Ventayol on Unsplash

 

Sometimes I feel as though I’m living life like preparing a seven-course meal on a four-burner stove. Hey, I’m supposed to be retired.  Yet, projects keep falling on my head like the raindrops of the song. And like the song, I’ll never stop the rain from falling by complaining. Instead, I’ll choose to be grateful for the challenges.

I remember those holiday meals, big crowds, and multiple side dishes. No Christmas dinner was complete without green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce, ham, turkey, creamed-corn casserole, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and gravy … just to name a few. Let’s not forget the lineup of pies, cookies, puddings, bread, and candy.

Somehow I managed to get everything on the table, hot and bubbly, on time. A delicate balancing act of simmering, warming, crockpots, microwave, and patience.

I’m not an organized person, so I cooked by the seat of my pants … but I did have a menu to go by to buzz me when I had to start the next side dish project or take the pie out of the oven or cool the pumpkin pie.

I’m realizing my senior years are like those holiday meals. Some events need to be attacked in slow-motion … a little at a time, each day. Some tasks need to come to a slow boil and then simmer. Others are put in a crockpot or on bake. Timing is everything.

We don’t do the big dinners anymore, but I find my retirement job is more demanding on an addled brain than I could ever realize. And so, I go back to the skills I learned from those family get-togethers.

I make a list … sort of like a menu … and then determine what goes on the burner of my fast to-do list and what can simmer as well as what can be chiseled.

And I’ll keep singing the song as I go along, walking in a writer’s wonderland

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