I happened to ask my dog, Matilda, whilst taking a long luxurious bath, me not her, who would you have breakfast with if you could? I quickly followed the question with a guideline. Keep it short and sweet. She’s a hound mix after all they tend to ramble on forever.
Matilda O’Shaughnessy Bowley, Franklin, N.H., stated very simply with a dip of her dark eyebrows; You, of course. Even if we were homeless. I’d rather go hungry than be without you!
So for lack of anything better to do. I called ’round to some friends, New Hampshire’s finest and came up with a new top ten list. Survey says who is your breakfast idol?
Harold, my mechanic’s cousin; John F. Kennedy, “we all want to know what happened on that dreadful day.”
Ben, my mechanic; “Hayao Miyazaki has the imagination of a child and the idea’s of an Einstein.”
K.M., an animal shelter employee: “Good friends because they are so hard to come by.”
Erin, business woman and successful mother from Manchester; “Stephen King because I love the scary stuff.”
Megan O’Shaughnessy, best friend with benefits extraordinaire; “Ellen, of course, she’s funny and down to earth. I want some of her energy.”
Linda, an earth bound angel from Canterbury; “Whoopi Goldberg just makes me laugh even when I feel like crying.”
Harold, no relation to the above mentioned mechanic’s cousin; “Obama ‘nough said.”
Young girl at the check out counter, Hannaford’s of Franklin; “Hillary Clinton she is graceful and strong.”
Janice, a wonderful mother and confidant; “Meeting the Pope is a spiritual experience that I would never forget!”
Why all the hoopla over people’s icons? Interestingly enough it has long been thought that we as a society just don’t give a damn anymore! I dwelled on that over breakfast one morning and thought what better way to turn this spun too tight world around than making a statement one small deed at a time. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, a positive gesture should be the most important act of the day.
So, next time you find yourself at McDonald’s or maybe at Starbucks sipping a Latte; take a moment to believe and breath. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. Ring the Salvation Army bell at Christmas time. Buy an extra can of spaghetti sauce and drop it in the food pantry bucket, they are there right at the entrance of any grocery store.
Oh and by the way, Matilda O’Shaughnessy Bowley would be my pick for breakfast companion. She makes me want to be a better person.