A Few Choice Words.

My dad got out of the hospital last night.

And I’m thinking, we live in an amazing time and space in history when someone can be extremely close to death on Saturday and released to go home on Wednesday. Amazing. A modern-day miracle. (I think now’s a great time to say thank you again for all your thoughts and prayers.)

And although no one, most especially my dad, would have chosen to go through what occurred over the last 100 hours; in this case, our choices are largely what got us here.

Love them or hate them, pro them or anti them, the thing is, we can’t escape these choice decisions. Because, as a result of our blessings, we’re completely surrounded by them.

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And this abundance reality became especially obvious when I stepped into the Whole Foods headquarters mothership, a mile from my dad’s hospital bed. Because it’s really hard to describe the amounts of consuming choices anyone can stroll through and find themselves surrounded by there. I aimlessly popped in to grab a few quick lunch items and found myself in freaking food mecca. The fruit section alone is bigger than my house and my neighbor’s house combined with extra space for an additional family of four. I picked up a perfect batch of blueberries for us all to share and then went to a fancy meat bar section to get the HcQ a fancy beef plus organic equals love entrée. I cruised past the fish, barbecue, wine, cheese, chocolate, dairy, bakery, specialty cuisine and rhythm sections, plus about 17 other sections, complete with a variety of themed tasting piazzas that I can’t recall right now, and into the salad bar section where I grazed tiny scoops of pulled chicken, edemame, roasted tomatoes and organic pasta for our Hurricane. And honestly, by the time it was my turn, I was over it.

Like a child with too many toys, the many options were no longer interesting to me. I wanted simple, easy. I walked over to the pre-made, pre-wrapped cold sandwich section and picked up a turkey on wheat. Done.

As I distributed the comestibles, I tried to explain to those who spoke a language, what I’d just encountered. And I couldn’t. Or I didn’t. Or I didn’t care. I can’t remember. All I know is that I was overwhelmed by this single choice selection experience, it made me think of the thousands we all regularly have, face, get, and ignore each day. In our world of plenty, we have so many options of curried summer squash soup here, or roasted duck with the mango salsa there, it’s sometimes just easier to settle for easy, for good enough, for cold soggy turkey.

Not to swim too far to the deep end here, but it seems I’m noticing my blessings lately. And I’m looking forward to celebrating them. Instead of being overwhelmed, or annoyed, or exhausted by the options, I’m going to attempt to seek them out, recognize them, and celebrate them.

Because I think I’m tired of cold soggy turkey. And I think I’m going to like looking out for that organic radicchio and spinach salad with grapes, walnuts and blue cheese around the corner. Because that’s the new pink. At least for me. And I hope it lasts.

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On a completely different note, today’s the last day to enter Mark’s coloring contest. It goes like this, Mark’s upstairs neighbors (the guls) try to steal all the space in the garage, and he’s not settling for that kind of cold turkey anymore. So he’s created the Dirty Uncle Mark remedial guide to parking for them.And this was the inspiration for the first ever DUM coloring contest complete with great prizes. Check it out.
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0 Responses to A Few Choice Words.

  1. mark says:

    I'm so glad to hear your dad got out of the hospital. You're right – there are too many choices, it's overwhelming. Enjoy celebrating your blessings and looking for the organic radicchio and spinich salad.

  2. Super Zoe says:

    YAY! So glad that Councilman con Queso is home and well! Give him my love! Will I get to see the whole FcQ this weekend?! Let me know!I live 420 steps from the front door of that crazy Whole Foods. I ate there yesterday (hot pulled pork BBQ on whole wheat with organic onions plus a Sierra Nevada.) There are so many choices, options, selections…sometimes it makes me just want to go to McDonald's and order a #2.I love choices! It's what makes America great! Except, of course, when the choices are bad.

  3. Super Zoe says:

    Maybe you can revive the CHOOSE LIFE t-shirt?!

  4. Bek says:

    glad he is out. That is pretty amazing when you think about it.We just had a GIANT Whole Foods built buy us and I love to go there w/out the kids and just walk up and down the aisles. The lighting alone makes me happy, and you should understand what fun it is just to SIT in a cheese seciton like that. It is the Neimans of food. Even Harrods isn't that cool. I have not acutally BOUGHT much food there (b/c it is the same prices as my San Francisco mortgage….) but I do get my unsweetened coconut (used in Caribbean cooking) and the hair old for the kids; cocounut oil, cashew oil, macadamia oil (my favorite). That is the best stuff to put on their hair b/c it doesn't have petrolium in it. Strange huh? It works for me…..My goal for January 2007…to EAT something from Whole Foods….

  5. mark says:

    I'm back because I didn't see you sneak that plug in there for my coloring contest. Thanks! I haven't seen the yours or the Hurricane's entry yet… I expect it will be coming my way today?

  6. laurie says:

    he's OUT?! that's great! congrats to him. and you. and the whole family con queso. you must be all kinds of relieved.and "comestibles?" nicely played. very very nice.

  7. Jennifer says:

    I'm happy to hear your family's good news. It's amazing how things like that (starting with the simple ringing of the phone) can cause us to stop and really look at, and appreciate, the little things. And oh, do I love Whole Foods. Though I think I need to start making choices there and stop going nuts there. Because my debit card is not liking my lack of discretion.

  8. Julie Pippert says:

    Such good news about your dad…I'm so glad and relived for you and your family.Whole Foods amazes and overwhelms me in large form. I feel like a junkie at a free crack buffet.The Dirty Uncle Mark thing is cracking me up and I can't wait to see the winners.

  9. Eric says:

    Great news on your dad. I like your new "seeking out the organic radicchio" theory of life. It's good advice for all of us. Assuming you were using it strictly metaphorically, I have to say, I totally agree with you . . . except, of course, when it comes to food, in which case I usually just go with the easy choice ("the soggy turkey"). But maybe I should reconsider. I could do a spinach salad, I suppose.I also meant to ask you what kind of stuff they have in the Whole Foods rhythm section, because I could really use a good trombone.

  10. Elizabeth H. says:

    That Whole Foods is an amusement park for adults. Glad that your father is better.

  11. Jenny says:

    Sometimes cold, soggy turkey is the greatest comfort food around.

  12. Super Zoe says:

    I had chicken, sun dried tomato and ricotta ravioli last night from whole foods. Then I bought tomato sauce, chopped organic tomatoes, and pretended that I made it myself!Whole Foods makes me look Iike I can cook! Now THAT'S good living!

  13. min says:

    Enjoy the new life(style)!! Take pleasure in everything. I would live at whole foods if I could afford it.Great news about your dad! There's no place like home for quick healing.

  14. Bones says:

    I'm glad that FcQ (DcQ?) is recovered. Staring down the barrel of a gun, be it black steel or surgical-grade acrylic, is an incredibly scary thing. Although, it does give the person and their family some incredible perspective on life and what, precisely, blessings actually are. People often ask what it’s like, but seldom ask if I’d go though it again if I could chose, knowing what I know now. You sort of hinted at the same question when you talked about repeating the last 100 hours. I’d never elect to go through it again, either, but at the same time, I’m incredibly thankful that I did.Thanks GcQ.

  15. shoparound says:

    I hoe everything continues to be ok. Hang in there!

  16. Jill says:

    But some days it's OK just to sit on the couch and eat your cold turkey sandwich. Glad Pops cQ is a free man tonight!

  17. Lady M says:

    It's amazing what doctors can do these days – I'm glad your dad is out of the hospital. Re: making choices – It's hard to find that balance between being able to really live in the moment and thinking through your decisions carefully to know what they will impact.

  18. kim says:

    So glad about your dad.Ours is called Harry's, but Whole Foods bought it I think. Too overwhelming. I start twitching. I get so excited at all the options, but then I look around and don't know where to begin or even what I really want.

  19. mamatulip says:

    I'm really sorry to hear that your father was in the hospital, and I'm kind of surprised he's not still there, given that it sounded quite serious, but I'm glad he's home. I hope he continues to recover well.

  20. Chicky Chicky Baby says:

    It's unfortunate that hard times have to happen to remind us of how fortunate we are, but then again it stinks that soggy chips can remind us we're ravenously hungry. I'm glad to hear your dad is well enough to come home. Enjoy your blessings and turkey sandwich.

  21. Design Mom says:

    I love this post. I read it twice because it made me smile.

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