"Life is banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" ~Rosalind Russell as Auntie Mame.
I just got off the phone with my mother. Movies are so much a part of our conversation, especially now that she's in convalescent care. We laughed a lot. I told I'd had such a hectic weekend that I could use a drink at the moment. Mom said, "Like a beer?" I replied, "No, honey, I need something stronger -- like an Auntie Mame drink." My mother let out a big hearty, high belly laugh. It made her sound like she was strong enough to strut out of that joint, carrying her own suitcase as she did. She knew exactly what I meant when I referred to the 1958 film version of Russell's Broadway triumph.
Just being able to share a belly laugh with Mom today for a few minutes on a long distance phone call was like an early Christmas gift. Especially considering how close to death she was the day after Christmas last year. Auntie Mame was right. Life is a banquet. Even if we don't get a full plate, we can still savor and appreciate a small portion of it. That small portion is better than nothing at all. Know what I mean? Cheers.