By Lesli Nolen
Being a mom of an 8-year-old and a 16-year-old, I look back at my life and think—wow, where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday I was making mud pies, riding my bike or shooting the B-B gun. But I do not miss all those awkward and embarrassing moments we all have to experience. I’m sure life has plenty more of those in store for me, and you too.
Author Judy Lockhart DiGregorio has written a book, “Life Among the Lilliputians,” taking some of her life’s embarrassing moments and building a book of laughter. She tells about some of her life’s better moments as well. She says, from childhood through adulthood, her journey through life’s ups and downs made her who she is.
Each chapter in the book relates an incident. In the first short story, Judy tells about the time her son had a job at 13 working for the local newspaper. He was the paper boy. One day he wasn’t feeling well, so Judy offered to make his deliveries for him. Her son told her where the papers would be dropped off and gave her his delivery list.
Judy doesn’t think the task will be that hard; after all, her son does it every day. Judy finds the newspapers, opens her son’s tote bag and begins stuffing all 80 newspapers into the bag. She stuffs and stuffs and finally manages to get all the newspapers into the bag. She struggles to carry the heavy bag of newspapers throughout the neighborhood. Delivering the papers, she wonders how her son does this-- it’s been two hours and she’s not even half way through the route. About that time her husband drives up and sees her swaying side to side under the bulging bag of newspapers. He tells her she must be crazy carrying all those newspapers like that. She replies, she thought that was what she was suppose to do. Her husband then lets her her know that their son only takes a third of the newspapers at a time. He doesn’t carry all 80 of them at once. Judy laughs and together they finish their son’s paper route. Judy writes, “A mother will do anything for her child, but this mother will only do it once.”
I have never had to do a paper route for my child but I think sometimes we are so eager to help we just jump right in and don’t really know what we’re getting ourselves into.
Remember your first summer love and the feeling of butterflies in your stomach? Judy tells about her first summer love--on wheels.
She is at the skating rink and sees the man of her dreams. When she looks at him, he looks at her and winks. She is in love. Then a voice over the intercom announces, “Ladies, pick your partner and skate.” She decides to skate his way and grab his hand. Only she skates right past him, unable to stop. She body-slams into the padded wall and then hits the floor. She looks up and there he goes, the man of her dreams skating by with a petite blond who looks like Sandra Dee. At that moment she realizes love isn’t what makes the world go round, roller skates do. Years later Judy does find love again, this time true love.
After 45 years of marriage, Judy’s husband, Dan, still introduces her as his “first wife.” And Judy’s response is, “and you’re my last husband.” They met each other their freshman year at college. It wasn’t long after and they were married. Like most of us, they had no idea what marriage involved--the cooking, cleaning, working, paying bills and still liking each other. But somehow they have made it work. Through the years, Dan’s stories have become Judy’s stories and vise versa. Judy’s advice on making marriage succeed is, “commitment, perseverance and a sense of humor.”
Judy says she and Dan have taken Franklin D. Roosevelt’ s advice, “When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” She says she and Dan are still hanging on.
For more information on Judy Lockhart DiGregorio visit: www.judyjabber.com.