picked up a silk paper wrapped package: 'This, - he said -
isn't any ordinary package." He unwrapped the box and
stared at both the silk paper and the box.
"She got this the first time we went to New York ,
8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on,
was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it."
He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other
clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had
just died. He turned to me and said:
for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special
occasion." I still think those words changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less. I sit on the porch without
worrying about anything. I spend more time with my family,
and less at work. I understood that life should be a source
of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.
I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses every day...
I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.
I don't save my special perfume for special occasions ;
I use it whenever I want to. The words 'Someday...' and 'One Day...'
are fading away from my dictionary.
worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see,
listen or do it now. I don't know what my friend's wife would
have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning,
this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace
over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for
Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small things that I would
regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it,
because I would no longer see the friends I would meet,
letters... that I wanted to write 'One of these days'.
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my
brother and sisters, son and daughters, not times enough at least,
how much I love them.
Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could
bring laughter and joy into our lives.. And, on each
morning, I say to myself that this could be a
Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.
'One of these
days' , remember that 'One day' is far away...
or might never come....