Last year, my brother, sister-in-law, and husband celebrated Mom’s 78th birthday without her.
In years past, whenever we dined out for Mom’s birthday, my brother and I knew the drill: restaurants were chosen according to their desserts, not their entrees. Our mother never ate according to anyone’s food pyramid; she lived by the mantra: “Life is uncertain–eat dessert first!”
We remembered her just as she would have wished: on the waterfront at sunset, with a giant slice of key-lime pie. And so it is with sweet delight that, today–on what would be Mom’s 79th birthday–I’m sharing the cover and release date of my fourth book:
It had been a hectic Friday. By the time she and I chatted late afternoon, I’d already taught a 6:00 a.m. YMCA Barre class, two college courses, attended meetings, and prepped to lead a bi-monthly scripture study group.
I apologized to Emily for my mushy brain and verbose answers. She was gracious. When we hung up, I realized I needed a dose of my own medicine. We’d both accomplished our goals: Emily put together an informative RNS piece on the scientific benefits of rest, and I got nudge to remember to practice what I preach.
Enjoy and share Emily’s piece. The ask yourself: How might I embrace the science and benefits of sabbath this week? Share your intentions @jdanatrent.