Taxes, after all, are dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Laura was in the Kaufman and Hart play, “You Can’t Take It With You,” this weekend. She played Rita, who is listed in the script at “a colored maid name Rheba.” She played it as a Southerner – and she was really good! And I would think so even if I were not her mother and biggest fan. I can’t believe that her high school drama career is over….Anyway, on this night before taxes are due, I have to say that I agree with the sentiment of the play’s title when it comes to money. Might as well use it to pay taxes as anything else, although the main character in the show finds an unusual way to avoid taxation.
So, what can we take with us? I believe that love goes on forever, so I hope that I will find more ways to love and be loving in this second chance I have been given. That being said, I guess this is a good time to review progress on The List.
1. Commit to walk anywhere that is less than one mile away. This is actually much easier than I anticipated, although I haven’t decided how to handle offers of rides when it’s raining (so far, I have not) or when someone is driving to the place that I am going (sometimes yes, sometimes no). But it turns out that I really like walking places — even all the way from Annie’s in Arlington to the Mall in DC to see the cherry blossoms! Right now, I am committed to walking anywhere in within the ‘burg. (Laura and Jack are my favorite unwilling teenagers in this campaign.)
2. Take a tai chi class and/or a yoga class. Check. Chris has shown me some yoga moves. I might take a class at Wellspan. I heard today that there may be a weekly tai chi class at Rec Park. How cool is that??
3. Grow enough tomatoes for a whole year. Maybe green beans, too. Hmmm….the gardening class is almost over. I haven’t planted anything yet.
4. Get into a clinical trial on chemobrain or some alternative chemobrain therapies. Nothing to report.
5. Ask the questions that I want answers to. I’m working on figuring out the questions! I have a lot of them.
6. Attend a powwow. Nothing to report.
7. Go to a post-cancer support group. The Rx for Living After Breast Cancer class ended this week. It was not a support group, so I still need to work on this one. I have a lot to say about it….another time.
8. Write more. Check.
9. Learn a new language. Nothing to report.
10. Ride the bus. I have the schedule.
(11. Make a new list.) I already have some ideas, although they really are revisions of / additions to some of the items above.
Overall, I feel like I am living my life with more intention. I think it’s a good thing.
“Well, Sir, here we are again. We want to say thanks once more for everything You’ve done for us. Things seem to be going along fine. . . .We’ve all got our health and as far as anything else is concerned, we’ll leave it to You. Thank You.” ~ prayer of Grandpa Martin Vanderhof, character in “You Can’t Take It With You”