Happy Easter, everyone! It’s hard to believe that this Easter marks almost the end of April, and true Spring has yet to arrive in the Chicago area. But today is sunny and cool, my favorite hymns were sung at church this morning, and, miraculously, I have managed to keep up with NaPoWriMo this year and even like many of my drafts. So here is today’s -not from a prompt, just from that place where random thoughts occur.
St. Peter Judges Me Prematurely on the First Part of His Checklist
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
The underside of your George Foreman grill boasts
greasy black stains. Crumbs litter your refrigerator
shelves. You do shower every day, keep up with
laundry and occasionally the ironing. The dishwasher
hums as soon as it is filled. Sometimes you do not
vacuum for a week; you tend to blame the dust on
your golden retriever- her dander, her fault.
The Body is a Temple
You jog or walk instead of run. You have never had
a cavity, though you sometimes forget to floss. You
eat well, but your tongue craves sugar, salt, and fat.
You moisturize, exfoliate. You hate the mirror, avoid
photographs.Guilt consumes you when eat a brownie,
skip a workout. Give yourself a break.To hold your
tongue all day, that weight? An exhausting isometric.
Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
You pass this one with flying colors. Not because
you perform charitable acts daily. Not because you
are nurturing and caring (though you are) or because
you put the needs of others before your own (which
you often do). I can tell that you love the world, treat
those you meet with kindness. The reason you pass
this test, my child? You do not love yourself.