Glass Half-Full

A couple of years ago for our anniversary, John and I decided to spend the day in Manhattan together by ourselves.  Since having our three children, as close as we live to NYC, it is rare such an outing actually occurs.  We even had no blue-print for the day, a true anomaly in our over-planned lives.

As we strolled together after having lunch on the West-Side, we passed by someone in their twenties asking us if we wanted to see David Letterman’s live show.  With nothing else to do except figure out what we wanted to do, we happily took the tickets and headed to the studios on Broadway near Times Square.

The day turned out to be more an activity in waiting on lines until the show began.  Of course, as with any experience standing in line amid a crowd of strangers, I was not oblivious to a few stares in my direction.  Also, to my disappointment, during the show the surprise “big star” for the day was Teri Hatcher (no offense to Ms. Hatcher, but I was hoping for a more memorable interview).  Perhaps I was tired from standing for hours, but Letterman’s jokes overall seemed canned and stale.  Notwithstanding this, we enjoyed the big moment of the show: Letterman’s “Top 10.”

In honor of our 12thanniversary which we recently celebrated, I have decided to write my own Top 10 list.  Come to think of it, what if we all decided to celebrate what makes us special– our own unique “difference” with a personal Top 10?  Might we all be one step closer to happiness?  Perhaps, perhaps not……but for me, let’s face it.  How I see myself and how the world sees me are often at odds. Rather than allow that fact to unravel me, my choice is to continue to have the ability to laugh at myself and ultimately approach life “glass half-full.”

Top Ten Reasons it is Awesome to have Two Fingers

10. People never forget meeting you, ever

9. Airport security will bring you to the front of the security line when you
deserved to miss your flight just like the rest of the schmucks

8. You will be offered ½ price discounted NJ transit fares without even asking

7. People will be unusually impressed with every normal thing you do (“Wow, you can play tennis? Ride a bike? Write?  Drive? That is so great Meg!”)

6. There will be a significant savings in manicures

5. The shallow people and jerks will not want to know you

4.  You can avoid the Draft

3.  You will always be picked last for the heavy lifting

2.  You will never be the one chosen in a line-up

And—the #1 reason it is awesome to have two fingers is…….

1. You can flip someone “the bird” without them knowing!

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12 Responses to “Glass Half-Full”

  1. KimberlyJanuary 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Love the Top 10 list!!!

  2. Lori GleemanDecember 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Absolutely hilarious!!

  3. Lisa LeshneDecember 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your top 10 list!!

  4. MicheleDecember 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    forgot to mention I read your article this morning in the Parents magazine and it was great!

  5. MicheleDecember 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I found your blog through an online group and am so thankful for the timing of it all as we just returned home from China with our newest 2 year old daughter who was born with a limb difference. Your honest posts have been helpful to me as her mom to know how she might feel… especially your post about your wedding dress. Thank you for being so open with your life and thoughts!

  6. allison pondDecember 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi Meg,
    I went to high school w/ John. I love your site and this is hilarious. I just read to my 10 and 6 year old the It’s ok to stare piece and had a wonderful conversation. This type of situation happens often and I love your suggestions on how to teach them to handle these incidents with sensitivity and openness vs. the mouthing “I’m sorry” and praying they do not feel badly by a child’s innocent questions that are normal but sound insensitive at times. Thank you for the gift of a Sunday am lesson before Hebrew school!

  7. HowardDecember 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Why am I not surprised! You really are a warped woman!! Great!!!

  8. Mat ZuckerDecember 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    Excellent and funny post and that’s a great point about manicures. In fact, as you can imagine, one of the many, many reasons my brother fell in love with you was all the savings. 😉

  9. PamDecember 3, 2011 at 3:19 am #

    Boffo blog, Meg! I love it!

  10. Max KaslerDecember 3, 2011 at 3:10 am #

    Agreed….I love it!!!

  11. Beth ManesDecember 3, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    LOL! Really. Laughing out loud. You rock. As always.

  12. KathleenDecember 3, 2011 at 2:37 am #

    Love it!