Recently someone asked me to name three things I can’t go without. I quickly answered:
- Ice tea
Humor is a basic need of mine. I grew up with a lot of laughter in our household. My dad was a funny, funny man who told corny jokes that made us all laugh, even if we had heard the jokes multiple times.
And my older sister could have been a stand-up comedian if she had decided to pursue that career rather than becoming a pediatrician. Her facial expressions were priceless, and she had a natural wit that was contagious.
Mealtimes were always a laugh fest, and upon leaving home I had a rude awakening when I observed that not every family (in fact most families) did not have raucous laughter around their dining room table. In fact, most folks thought it a bit uncouth to ingest food while chortling loudly. Try as I did, somber meals did not work for me and still don’t. I’ve found that laughing keeps joyful juices flowing through my veins thus making digestion a glorious affair.
Writing is a ‘must have’ in my life. I have been writing since those early day letters I penned to my grandmother:
Dear Grandmother and Granddad,
How are you? I hope you are okay.
I know, it was inspired writing at its best. Sadly, it may be the same level of composing as I generate today. But moving on…
Writing is a basic need for me. Why write? is not the question I ask myself. It’s like asking why breathe? Because I have to write/breathe to live. Of course, I could exist without writing, but my life wouldn’t be as full, as bright, as colorful. And don’t we all want fullness, and colorful meaningfulness to brighten our days?
So laughter/humor and writing are ‘can’t do without’ necessities.
We come to the third item on my list: ice tea.
By the time you reach my age, you should have a good understanding of what is important to you, and often it is the smallest of things that really make your life more comfortable. I could list Dairy Queen dipped cones, or chocolate cake, but for me, its ice tea.
Actually, I could skip the tea, but don’t you dare take away my ice.