Zia Angela, Phyllis, Lee, Ana Mae, Terri, Tish, and Nancy are my aunts. Fabulous ladies ~ every one of them. But I’d make room for another one if she was Mame Dennis.
If you’ve seen the movie you’d know that this vibrant albeit fictional lady lived passionately. Her five senses craved pleasure. She didn’t want to miss anything - not a sight, sound, fragrance, touch, or flavor.
Mame Dennis would scoff at the very concept of the modern-day couch potato.
Some would call her a “glass half-full” lady. I don’t. Auntie Mame always filled the glass to the brim.
Even when the storms of life hit hard, she refused to relinquish her disposition. Instead Auntie Mame felt the warmth, saw the beauty, and continued to take part in the adventure that is life.
What good was life if she sat on her little perch and just existed? Mame couldn’t fathom being able to let it all pass by her much less letting it do so. Priceless finds were everywhere if you just made the effort.
The path of life has many roads and sometimes you‘ll find a jewel among the gravel and dirt. I define gems as “unexpected treasures found while you go about your life.”
What is priceless to one person may have little or no value to another.
I wanted a career that is creative so my first choice was the visual arts; drawing and painting. While I do have talent in those directions, no matter what I did to pursue them something always got in the way.
Once I decided to write and really worked at it, all the doors just pretty much fell open for me. Writing for this venue is an unexpected blessing. It wouldn‘t have occurred to me to even go for it in the past.
Jewels. This column is a major one in my quest to a new career.
Auntie Mame found the hidden jewels in life no matter what the circumstances of her life were like.
Because of the stock market crash in 1929, Mame took a job selling toys that barely kept their heads afloat. She gave it her best shot but knew it wouldn’t last. Then fate sent millionaire Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside to her on Christmas Eve while she worked.
Just pick a road that looks interesting, then put one foot in front of the other. I’m not going to promise you a millionaire, fame, or fortune. But the road ahead is certain to contain treasure; you may just discover something priceless. Bon Voyage!