Enjoy life now. It has an expiry date you know.


When I was a kid, my mother liked to make breakfast food for supper every now and then and I remember a night in particular; after a long, hard day at work, my mom placed a plate of egg, sausage and burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see whether anyone would notice. All my dad did, was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day at school had been.

Later, I heard her apologizing for burning the biscuits and I will never forget his reply: “Honey, I love burned biscuits.” When my dad kissed me goodnight, I asked: “Did you really like your biscuits burned?” He wrapped me in his arms saying: “Your mother put in a long, hard day at work today and she’s really tired. And besides … a burned biscuit never harmed anyone. Life is full of imperfections as well as imperfect people. I’m far from perfect you know. I forget birthdays and anniversaries and what I’ve learned over the years is that we have to accept each other’s faults and differences.” What he said that night is one of the  most important keys to creating a healthy, growing and lasting relationship.

So, pass me a biscuit: yes, the burned one will do fine. Life is far too short to wake up with regrets. Love those who treat you right and forget those who don’t.

Enjoy life now. It has an expiry date you know.

(The author and origin of this story is unknown.)

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About Jill

Author of books and articles on support and experiences of living with a mentally ill family member. My aim in blogging is to let others see how a loving family, with a father and husband who is able to give unconditional love, can help the family cope. Many call me the blogging grandma.'

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