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If You Were Busy


My husband’s great-grandmother, Laura Foster, was an amazing woman. She lived 98 years. She remembered the day her mother cried because Abraham Lincoln was shot.

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Great-Grandma Laura Foster was a talented, always busy woman who spoiled her great-grandchildren with a consistently tempting, freshly stocked cookie jar. She shared her talents generously, appreciated, collected, and wrote inspiring poetry, and created beautiful hooked rugs, one for each great-grandchild.

I just discovered one of Laura Foster’s favorite poems this week while going through some old family scrapbooks and albums. Let me share a poem with you that she copied into her scrapbook.

If You Were Busy

If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it, you would find
You’d soon forget to think t’was true
That somebody was unkind to you.

If you were busy being glad,
And cheering people who were sad,
Although your heart might ache a bit,
You’d soon forget to notice it.

If you were busy being good,
And doing just the best you could,
You’d not have time to blame some man
Who’s doing just the best he can.

If you were busy being true
To what you know you ought to do,
You’d be so busy you’d forget
The blunders of the folks you’ve met.

If you were busy doing right,
You’d find yourself too busy quite
To criticize your neighbor long
Because he’s busy being wrong.

R. Foreman, poet

 

Let me add a stanza of my own – in tribute to Great-Grandma Foster:

If you were busy being wise,
You’d see the world through kinder eyes.
With a heart of love, you’d live to share
Your blessings with folks everywhere.

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Laura Foster certainly shared hers.
Are you busy sharing your blessings, too?

Fettuccine Fantasy


Do you have any food fantasies?

Is there a food group that shows up in your dreams?

Candy? That’s a food group, isn’t it?

I have a friend in my TOPS group (that’s my support group of friends who also are trying to “Take Off Pounds Sensibly”). My friend fantasizes about candy. It’s her downfall. With Halloween on its way next month, she’s already worried about how many pounds she’ll gain when those triangular yellow and orange candy corns tempt her from that bowl on her kitchen counter.

Not me! Candy – even the chocolate variety – can sit on my kitchen counter for weeks. I’d rather have fresh, green vegetables.

But don’t get me wrong. That doesn’t mean I don’t have my caloric downfalls. I’m no pure and disciplined vegetarian. Besides peanut butter filled pretzels, sesame breadsticks, and real buttered popcorn, my BIGGEST downfall is pasta!

What do you expect? My paternal grandmother came from Italy and made gnocchi from scratch.

My Aunt Genevieve made her own pesto sauce and my Aunt Angie made the most delicious pizzas you’d ever hope to savor.

Aunt Marie made homemade fettuccine. I dream of Aunt Laura’s shrimp fettuccine! Bring on the carbs!

Last night our dear neighbors treated us to dinner. He ordered a beautiful, healthy lean steak with fresh green veggies cooked just right – crisp tender.

Did I select something lean or green? By no means!

Mmm! Shrimp Fettuccine with tomato basil sauce – and of course, an extra helping of French bread smothered with real butter!

How am I going to take off pounds sensibly when I order that kind of a meal and literally lick the plate (no, I didn’t!). Really, I soaked up the last of the sauce with an extra piece of French bread. It’s okay, friends. It was a small piece!

What makes your mouth water? What’s your food fantasy? I bet it’s not candy corn!

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