An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish, beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up and flinging them back into the ocean. "Why do you bother?" the old man scofted. "You're not saving enough to make a difference." The young man picked up another starfish and sent it spinning back to the water. "Made a difference to that one," he said.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Day 5-Dinner and a Good Book
Two of my favorite things to do in life are have dinner with friends and read a good book. There is something about good food and great conversation that can turn a hectic day into a pleasant one very quickly.
This evening I met one of my dear friends for dinner at Panera Bread. I have been fighting a cold so chicken noodle soup was the only thing that sounded good to me while we were planning were to meet. My gift today was picking up the tab for our meal. I know it is not expected, but it is something I like to do when I can. I always think I am receiving the better end of the deal when my friends take time out of their busy schedule to have dinner with me.
The second gift I gave today stemmed from an event I attended in October for our local domestic violence shelter, The Caring Place. I was fortunate enough to meet the author, Kate Collins, of the Flower Shop Mystery series. At the event I purchased the first book in the series, Mums the Word. I loved the book so much I bought several copies to share with friends. I gave the book to my friend I met for dinner because I know she is always looking for something good to read.
I have started the second book in the series, Slay it with Flowers. You may, or may not, be wondering why I like these books so much. I typically only read books where I can get out my highlighter, take notes and learn something. And even though I enjoy the books I read, sometimes I want to relax and not learn. The Flower Shop Mystery books are fun, carefree and have a bit of mystery and romance, but are not trashy. They are what I like to call my bath books. The book I want to read when I am sitting by the fire or soaking in a nice hot bubble bath. If you love to read, I highly recommend checking out A Flower Shower Mystery.