Saturday, April 30, 2011

Zest as an Ingredient to Life

My girlfriend and I have a tradition for each dance our kids attend. After we go for the photo sessions, usually around 4-6 p.m., we treat ourselves out to dinner. My friend who is also divorced has a hard time at these events, as do I, because we are usually the lone parents in the sea of married couples.

Tonight we met up as we usually do, grateful for a time to vent, talk and commiserate. We each had two drinks and a nice meal. Our conversation quickly moved on to other topics after we got the dance out of the way. I guess you can say that we have tried to create an enjoyable time for ourselves to counteract a trying and difficult experience. We've rewritten a recipe by adding a dash of zest and fun to an otherwise humdrum and bland dish. We end up looking forward to the end of the day which for both of us is full of errands and dealing with anxious kids. I thought about my dinner at the photo session and it helped me get through the hand shaking and meeting of other parents. A little sprinkle of courage and strength - a celebration that we made it through as single moms yet again - that we did what we needed to for our kids.

Wouldn't it be lovely to really have a little bottle of "zest" to take out and sprinkle over myself when the going gets tough?

6 comments:

  1. Too bad there isn't such a bottle. I guess the zest comes from inside. Glad you and your friend got together....and hooray for making through from A to Z.

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  2. What a great thing for the two of you to do!

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  3. Oh, gosh, zest is hard to come by. If I'm by myself I pop the earbuds on with some great music. Then I'm in my own world. But zest with a co conspiritor is so much better. Nicely done A to Z, WiTM!

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  4. I raise a glass filled with zest to toast you for all your accomplishments. You, my friend, have continued to trek forward through thick and thin, when many might have given up. This is no small feat. Congratulations and thank you for the wonderful writing you shared on your A-Z blogging goal. Well done!!!

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  5. Its so much fun to have a partner in crime isn't it! As for zest, ya where is that bottle of zest when you need it?!

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  6. We did it! Congratulations! I have an award for you!!

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