Only The Good Friday #2

Last Friday, I made a decision to post Only The Good on Fridays. I can post snarky stuff the rest of the week if I want (and sometimes I darn sure do!), but Friday is my day for optimism. I was thrilled that some folks joined me in that endeavor: Marcia (who started this whole idea),Karina, Kathleen. Thanks, ladies. Now lets see if we can infect some more people with this “optimism virus.”

You can join, too (and please let me know if you do). As I told you:

You can post a picture, or just tell us good news for the day. You can say one good thing about the political candidate you oppose (well, maybe not). You could post about a favorite charity … so we can get the opportunity to do good. You can share a joke or your Aunt Nelda’s kick butt recipe for Bacon Brownies. I don’t care.

I wish one of y’all would post Aunt Nelda’s Bacon Brownie recipe!

I’m doing this, because I’ve finally come to believe a folktale that I told y’all some time back (you can go read it, if you want). It’s a teaching tale from Turkey about Nasreddin Hodja, a wise man who knew that “you will find what you expect.”

If we look for the good, we will find it. Practice makes perfect, so that’s what I’m doing.

This week was a serious test of that belief, because I have had to do something I didn’t want to do:

I had to go on a business trip! Ick!

Y’all, that brought the Whiney Baby (who sounds like a cranky 9 year old) out in me! She was moaning and complaining so much that my Rational Self (who sounds like your 5th grade math teacher) had to have a serious talk with her. Here is the conversation they had:

WB: Ohhhh! I have to drive all the way down to Houston for a week and a half!

RS: Yes, but you get to tell stories to your favorite audiences and you will get a paycheck!

WB: Yeah…but…Houston traffic is soooo brutal, and the drivers there never use their blinkers.

RS: Look at it as an opportunity to practice your defensive driving skills.

WB: But, I have to stay in a hotel, and I don’t get a room with a jacuzzi tub, and the view is of the traffic on 290.

RS: You never look out the window anyway. You won’t relax in a jacuzzi, because you feel guilty about wasting water. Look at it this way: you get a king size bed all to yourself without 5 cats sleeping on you. Your husband’s snoring won’t wake you up!

WB: His snoring isn’t what wakes me, it’s mine!

RS: Don’t sleep then. Just watch all the Law & Order re-runs.

WB: But, I have to be at school so darned early.

RS: That means you get out early, too.

WB: But, there’s nothing to dooooo!

RS: Read.

WB: But, I don’t know what to reeeead.

RS: Look, if you’ll just shut your face and quit whining, you can have a reward.

WB: I can? What?

RS: You can have cookies— the hotel bakes them every day.

WB: But, I have high cholesterol.

RS. They are oatmeal.

WB: Oh…….OK.

Since that conversation, all I’ve heard out of the Whiney Baby is, “Ummmm.” If I had known it was so easy to shut her up, I’d have tried cookies a long time ago!

Now, if y’all want to join, you can write an Only The Good Post and come back and tell me. Or, just comment to me. Do you wanna tell me what your Whiney Baby says — and what your Rational Self would answer?

I hope y’all have a day filled with Only The Good.

  6 comments for “Only The Good Friday #2

  1. October 24, 2008 at 3:32 am

    Yummy goodness! I Love this. I NEED good! Goning to go do OtGF right now.

  2. October 24, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Okies. I did it. Now it’s bedtime or Friday will not be good. Hee hee OtGF #1

    Love it, darlin. My thoughts are going out to you. Thanks for participating.

  3. October 24, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Okay, mine’s up!!!

    Karinas last blog post..Only The Good Friday #2 – My Girls

    And, it’s a wonderful tribute to the women in our lives! Thank you!

  4. October 24, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    OH, and I meant to say that I’m glad your 5th grade teacher side won that argument, but really, with oatmeal raisin cookies, how could she lose? I LOVE Oatmeal Raisin Cookies…YUM!

    Karinas last blog post..Only The Good Friday #2 – My Girls

    That fifth grade teacher in me forgot how fattening the cookies were. “With oatmeal raising cookies, how could she lose,” indeed! I gained weight!!! 😯 No, I won’t tell you how much!

  5. October 24, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    There must have been days your sons wished you would revert from that 5th grade teacher/rational self. They didn’t have a chance against that logic! But then, I bet there are days you would prefer to ditch her for longer periods, too. 😀

    Took me all day to come up with my Only the Good Friday post as my whiney baby, aka whine baby, was residing, though I think she was more like only five. So, thanks for the excuse to shut her up. 🙄

    Marcias last blog post..Only the Good Friday

    My kids are better at logic than I am. They were much smarter than the 5th grade teacher in me. Sorry about your whiney baby. The younger whiney babies are harder to hush!

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