Have you ever had the (mis)fortune of eating a Now & Later candy?
J’adored those glucose soaring treats as une petite fille. J’adored them most because as the name implied, I would eat the candy “now” and flick the remains lodged in my teeth much “later” in the day for a sugary surge.
The candies of my youth bring back so many memories.
I can still remember all of the “laters”:
Hearing the adults in my life say that they would take a vacation “later” in life.
Viewing the decorative plates being stored in my Grand-meres china cabinet for a more special time, much “later” of course.
I can still feel the fox fur stole that had both the animal’s head and feet attached that hung in the back of ma mere’s closet. In which she was saving for a fancy event, never scheduled just “later.”
I rarely remember any of the “nows.”
Unfortunately, many of my loved ones fail ill or passed just after (or before) retiring so traveling “later” in life never happened.
The decorative plates? Many were broken during WWE-esq wrestling tournaments between my cousins and me.
Ma mere’s fur stole? It was probably stolen or lost before she could ever wear it.
Those lessons from my childhood have certainly sculpted the woman you have come to know today.
I enjoy all of life’s petit luxuries:
Now & Later
I wear designer shoes to make price adjustments at Target.
I eat Raman or lobster from fine china for lunch on a random Tuesday.
I will drink champagne (PB: Pre-Babbiccina) on a Wednesday evening from crystal flutes, just because.
I wear my freshwater pearls while completing my daily 2.5mi/4km morning walk.
If nothing else I hope that this current pandemic has taught us to value the time that we have, celebrate waking up in a (mostly) stable mental/emotional/physical state, and to not wait for “later.”
Write the book you’ve put off for years, now.
Enroll in the last course you need to complete your degree, now.
Email the friend/relative you had a fallen out with, now.
Call your parent(s) (if you’re blessed to still have them with you) and say I love you, now.
Cuddle with your pet a few mins longer, now.
Open that special bottle of wine you’ve been saving, now…please, I beg you, I really miss wine.
Live NOW mes amies,
Because what if there is no “later?”