Wisdom Comes Suddenly


May 29th, 2013 · 2 Comments


Because I was a critical care nurse in my former life, I read obituaries. All RNs do it and it freaks Greg out to no end; he no longer lets me read them out loud at the breakfast table.  I even read my hometown obits online. Someone I took care of 15 years ago for 2 days might pass away, and I won’t even know!  As well, my family is not-so-great at calling me with updates.  I saw my Grandfather last night, and he mentioned in passing, “Oh, I forgot…your Aunt Juanita died.” WHEN?! “Last week.” I’d feel left out of the loop, but my Uncle affirmed he wasn’t notified of her death until after Grandpa reported the Yankee scores.

This semi-morbid habit has lead me to create the phrase “Obit-Worthy”, which basically means, “Is it on your bucket list?”  Oh sure, it’s OK to admit we have a list of things we’d like to do before we die, but it’s not OK to admit there are things awesome enough that we’d include them in our own obituary?  The final version of our resume?  The last word? I, for one, intend to have an obit so long, it takes up half a page (tell Sara she’s paying for it…not because she owes me, but because she’s better with money than Kelly). I want a rambling essay about how much I loved living.  Just sucked the meat right off the bone of mortality and then licked it clean. My obit is going to stink of an inflated sense of self-importance.  I’m dead…I get to say whatever I want. I love long-winded obits, full of details, letting me know a person gave it all they had.  YES! GOOD FOR YOU AWESOME DEAD PERSON! In short: I want an obituary worth reading. And if it says, “she loved shopping for bargains”, I’ll shoot myself.  Oh wait…dead already.  No need for redundancy.

Here’s my point: I’m crossing a big one off the bucket list my friends.  2 weeks ago, I accepted the gavel of the PTA Presidency.  I’ve wanted to be the PTA President for as long as I can remember. I’m having a ball. I’ve got my lists and my plans and my committees all lined up.  I’m making calls and sending notes and organizing all sorts of things.  I’m in flip-chart heaven. Things (namely the pile of thumb drives above) are going on-line and chairmen are getting pumped up and Room Parents and being high-fived.  Seriously…as long as I can remember being in a school, I’ve wanted to be the PTA President.  I’ve never wanted to teach, but I’m one helluva cheerleader. Going in the Obit fo’ sho’. “An enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer, she truly enjoyed leading the PTA….”

To be fair, I’m probably leading the world’s most invested, interested, and self-directed group of parents and teachers. They don’t need a leader as much as someone to simply direct the traffic. I’m the cog of a wheel that can turn itself. If I just follow the footsteps of those who aptly lead before me, and try really hard to not screw it up, I have every reason to hope for a banner year.

So tell me dear friends, what’s on your Bucket List?  I hope “converting 53 thumb drives into a cloud” is not on it. Let’s keep a lid on my kind of crazy.



Tags: The Girls

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 What Mom Wears // May 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Ooh congratulations Madam President!

    Right now I would like my son to fall asleep without me having to sit next to him in bed.

    But in all seriousness, life bucket list style, hmmm. I’d like to see Petra. I’d want to learn to fly planes. Travel all over Europe. Visit all 50 states by the time I’m 50 (I have only a few left). Have a house with a view of mountains and/or water. Dream big!

  • 2 The Momma // May 30, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I’m with you! (1) Children going to bed with drama. (2) Sky is the limit!