One of the more intriguing questions I've been asked as an author
was to tell my rules for life. So, here's what I told Johnny:
l) Slow down life and savor it by going on a picnic, lying in a hammock, or taking a walk in the woods. I found it works every time.
2) Believe in angels, the magic of an everyday life surprise, and the power of music to chance a mood.
3) Go to lunch with people who will order and who will enjoy desert.
4) Try everything once, even Lutefisk or Disney's mountain roller coaster ride that goes backwards in the dark. I held onto my purse so tightly that my driver license squished out. A week later I noticed it was missing. The
help line at Disney looked up their lost records for that ride on the day and said they'd found it. The letter sent to me which had the license was pleased to inform me that they were returning my license and were not going to charge me anything.
5) When dating, don't get too close too soon. There's even a book by that name. I loaned it years ago to someone and never got it back.
So, I can't give you the specifics it recommends.
6) When you have an upset, or what I now call a technical difficulty,
it may just be God's grace (the unrequested assistance of a higher power) at work. Instead rejoice and be glad.
7) Welcome life's last moment as the beginning of your next and perhaps greatest adventure.
This weekend, I will be giving Johnny's book, From My Mama's Kitchen,
that includes his life's rules to my daughter, Beth, who will be celebrating her birthday.
Have you considered writing down your rules? If you're reading this,
I KNOW you have wisdom to share.