Things to remember in the future:
- Don’t accept a drink just because it’s free. I did that tonight, out for dinner at Fritti. The chef brought us homemade lemoncello–not sure why, we aren’t really regulars–and though I had already had two glasses of wine, I drank it. Cold, sweet and delicious. But man, I cannot handle more than two drinks. And now my stomach hurts.
- Hanging out with first graders is a good spiritual practice. I guest-taught at Bethune Elementary today, in the first grade. We wrote stories about animals, read The Little Engine That Could, and had a cupcake party. Those kids are so smart, SO LOVING (I heard lots of "I love you Ms. White") and so spirited. Really made me forget about the usual stuff that runs through my brain, such as, "what’s my ranking on Amazon?"
- You learn a lot more when you listen than when you talk. I’m aware that I was able to write Bound South, to get inside the brains of women different from me, because of the times I’ve sat back and listened. Though I have a feeling that anyone who knows me would laugh to read that statement. I can talk a lot, too.
Today is Ash Wednesday. I usually give up something for Lent, something pretty big, like meat, or caffeine, or TV or sugar. But this year I’m going to be on book tour for most of the Lenten season, and I feel like my life is going to be so topsy-turvy with all of the travel that I need my meat, my caffeine, my TV and my sugar to get me through. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I am REALLY excited about the tour, I just feel that I need to mantain normalcy in the other areas of my life. So instead I’m adopting a Lenten practice. I’m going to meditate for five minutes a day. I was going to lie and say "ten minutes a day," but that’s just not true. Lately I’ve had the attention span of a gnat, so five minutes a day is a good challenge. I guess I better go do it…but before I do, go here to see a pic of Bound South in a VA Barnes & Noble, and a really cute cat and some very weird candles.
Off to meditate. For five whole minutes.