Once in awhile, a day brightener will arrive that hasn’t been sent in by six other people. That was the case with the following, which seems like an appropriate and delightful way to end this year.
But you might enjoy the back story, so here it is. Late last summer, I received a phone call from a gentleman who wanted to thank me for this column, but particularly for what I call the Burt Book, aka “Good Grief: A Collection of Stories As One Woman Journeys From Heartbreak To Healing Through Honesty and Humor.”
The man’s name is Will Auran, who lives in Gleneden Beach. Will told me he had lost his beloved wife, Sherry, after 60 years of marriage, and the book has helped him in dealing with his grief. He explained that the book was a gift from a hospice caregiver who made it possible for Sherry to die at home.
Will recently found a folded piece of paper in one of Sherry’s recipe books and, on a whim, decided to send it to me. He says his family will feel honored to see this in the Newport News-Times.
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Recipe For a Happy Life
Serve with a tossed green salad, whole wheat French bread and fresh fruit for a quick and easy lifestyle.
Begin with a crust made of equal parts honesty, reliability, responsibility and integrity. Add 1/2 cup tears of joy, sympathy and concern for others to hold mixture together.
In a small bowl combine and quickly crush the following:
1/2 cup envy.
1/2 cup anger, cooked to room temperature.
1/2 cup sorrow, diced small.
1/2 cup bad habits.
Stir vigorously and discard immediately.
Prepare with great enthusiasm the following filling:
One cup positive thoughts.
One cup consideration for others.
1 tablespoon forgiveness.
1 1/2 cups self awareness.
Two cups character dipped in truthfulness.
Mix excitedly. Add small amounts of prayer from time to time as you are mixing.
In a second mixing bowl, beat these ingredients until light and funny looking:
1/2 pound humor.
Several handfuls of silliness.
Nonstop peals of fresh laughter.
Several dashes of teasing.
Sprinkle generously with the spice of life.
Spread around with great enthusiasm on top of filling. Season with random acts of kindness.
Bake well with the heat of passion. Serve with a wink and a smile.
This may be served to a large group or in individual servings. Remember when preparing this recipe that life is at its best when it is shaken and stirred.
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Happy New Year everyone!
Bobbie Lippman is a professional writer who lives in Seal Rock with her cat, Purrfect. She is the author of “Good Grief: A Collection of Stories As One Woman Journeys From Heartbreak To Healing Through Honesty and Humor.” The book, with all proceeds going to Rotary International Foundation, is available on Amazon, at JC Market in Newport and directly from Bobbie, who can be contacted at [email protected]