What’s new?

March 2, 2011 tooboots

“What’s new with you?” I hate that open-ended question, because unless you have a quick answer, it will appear as if you do nothing.

This question was posed to me this morning by a friend I haven’t touched base with in a while. I had just gotten the last kid off to school, and still drowsy from a late night, I was stumbling into the kitchen for a much needed cup of coffee. Then the phone rang. So when Mary asked me (in her cheerful Irish brogue) what was new and important and great in my life, I was completely caught unprepared.

On the other hand, Mary already had her mental list ready, bullet by bullet, and organized.

  • Daughter is doing well in school.
  • Son is doing well in school.
  • Husband is putting up a new house
  • She is busy at work
  • Family thinking of a quick spring getaway.
  • Sister coming in for an Easter visit

Caffeine deprived, here was my mental list:



That’s ok, because sometimes it’s good to be on the receiving end of a conversation. But now, I’m on my second cup of coffee and much more alert. And realize I do have something “new” to say—I went to the conservatory yesterday, met up with long-time friends, reading a fantastic Chitra Divakaruni book, and looking forward to spring planting. Hey, I’m not a dead log after all….

Mary, call me back!!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pretty Bootsie Fan!  |  March 2, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    This is so true! I especially love the “Mary, call me back!!” line. It never fails that once you hang up, you think of myriad things to talk about.

    I’m thankful for today’s blog because it reminded me about the Chitra Divakaruni books you suggested. I need to get those on my Kindle.

  • 2. MC  |  March 2, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    funny. your list sounds better. just unorganized. But I think every morning I’m going to make a list of things I’m doing and be prepared for “What’s new?”

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