My mother is practically perfect.  If I read this blog post to her, she’ll laugh and then she’ll say “don’t write that.  People in town will think it’s true.”  It is true; she’s almost perfect.  I’m convinced that the key to her perfection is a handful of lines she keeps running in the back of her brain.  She taught them to me when I was little and they pop into my ear at the most unlikely times in my life.

For instance, when I’m rushing around, trying to get something done, I can hear her saying “haste makes waste.”  Haste has certainly produced some rotten fruit in my life.

Sometimes, these Helen-isms are lines from songs.  Been jilted?  Got a broken heart?  “Smile, when your heart is aching, smile when your heart is breaking…”

This morning, I woke up a little tired and stiff.  I’m thinking of a line I wrote back in 1987 in a post-college journal.

“All I wanted to do that summer was lie in bed and eat Cheez-its.”

There’s a lot going on this week and I’m all out of sorts.  My internet connection is all messed up.  I contemplated posting a “I’ll be back” sign on the blog while I manage the transitions of the week.  I don’t like it when other bloggers do that, though, and Helen’s response to this would probably be “the show must go on.”

Yep, the show must go on.

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6 Responses to Helen-istic

  1. “All I wanted to do that summer was lie in bed and eat Cheez-its.”

    I had this thought a lot when I was in Texas in 2010.

  2. jbomb62 says:

    I call them, Jeez-its and I love them. They are the perfect food. If the world collapses, I hope my pantry is filled with boxes of Jeez-its.

    Why Jeez-its? Well, think, WWJD? He would eat, Cheez-its, or I’d like to think He would, if living in 2013, during the Great Unwinding.

  3. Loosehead Prop says:

    I see your mother knows when to relax, too.

  4. Mary Conant says:

    You’re right, this is a week filled with long thoughts, tough choices and overall work to get it all done. I think Helen may also say something like, “Don’t worry, everything will work itself out.”.
    I always enjoy your blog. Keep up the good work. I may need future training. 🙂

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