When I was little, in Sheboygan Falls Wisconsin, my Mom always had a great kitchen. She still does. My Mom has the kind of kitchen where everyone would end up a few minutes into a party, or upon entering the house from work, school, play. My Dad had his spot. My Dad loved his spot and a beer, (he kept it warm next to the fridge). Mostly, he loved someone sitting across from him, at Mom’s table, with two warm beers and a handful of hours to share. It was so relaxing. Mom in her kitchen, Dad in his spot, my parents in their element, telling stories and laughing.
Tiny Fey was on PBS the other night. She was being celebrated for having won the Mark Twain Prize for comedy. Tiny Fey seems so young, she seems so normal and familiar. I catch myself talking to her in my head, like I went to high school with her or something. “Hey Tina, love you as Sarah Palin, wanna get a grilled cheese at The Chefs Hat?”
Since I saw her acceptance speech I can not stop thinking about what is it about her that is so refreshing, uplifting and just good for the soul. Okay, she is really good at being funny, but so were the other people speaking that night and they didn’t give off that vibe. Why isn’t she stressed or frantic? She has so much on her plate it is hard to imagine how she delegates, writes, mothers and acts all at once. Yet here she was hitting it out of the park, like it was nothing, just another day. Not only was she funny, she was easy, beautiful, smart, poised and a bit glamorous. I am going to include the Tiny Fey link because you should see it. I wanted to write about it because it is great in so many different ways. Not just the comedy ( it helps,sure) but the mastery.
What is more lovely than seeing someone do the thing they are put on the earth to do? Feels good to watch a baby sleep, see the guy flirting with the checkout gal while packing your bags at the grocery store, anything at Olympics. They are good at that stuff! Watching Tina Fey stand up in front of hundreds and be funny, just feels so good. It has to matter somehow so I am going to pay attention today.
I am going to do something I am good at in a few minutes. Today I am going to relax and enjoy it. I am not going to think about the laundry or which bill to pay during lunch. I am going to do it old school, I am going to keep it up as long as I can and know that is how my day gets great.