Life can be surprising. Case in point: Matt Lauer is still relevant, 48 hours is actually only a one hour show, and Maury Povich is still on television. [Side note: For the longest time I avoided reading Tuesdays With Morrie because I thought it was a book about paternity. What a nice surprise to learn that it was about death and relationships! Mostly relationships.] Of course, none of these hit me quite as hard as learning that my best friend had never heard of a taquito, but that’s a story for another time. I’m still waiting for news that Calista Flockhart ate a sandwich one time and that Bill Maher is dating a Republican but in the meantime I’ll just have to settle for, oh I don’t know, trying to find a sweet, ripe honeydew. Keep those goals attainable, folks.
Life also has a side that’s NOT surprising. Like Lance Armstrong being a tool, Mama June wearing camo on her wedding day, or a 20-year-old marrying Hugh Heffner. NOT for his money. I’m also not surprised to see Miley Cyrus spiraling downward (Hannah Montana TRIED to warn her) and if I had a nickel for every time an NFL player got arrested well, I might make more money and serve less time than they do.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and misleads you with something you think should surprise you when really, it shouldn’t. It’s like those $1/scoop Chinese restaurants. You go in thinking, “Wow! Really? Only $1 a scoop?” and you pile your plate high. Then about an hour later when you’re in the bathroom for the 7th time moaning for the Diarrhea Gods to show mercy you act surprised again, as if…come on, man. You HAD to know. It’s also kind of like me with running. I actually enjoy running, which surprises no one else more than me. I completely blew my own mind when we were on vacation a few weeks ago - the Cruise was sponsoring a 5K on the private island upon debarking and I GOT EXCITED ABOUT IT. People. You need to understand the significance here. I got excited about something that didn’t involve the words, “cupcake”, “buy one get one free”, or “Hugh Jackman called back”. Are you feelin’ me? I talked Samantha into doing it with me and we had a lot of fun. I was surprised how much faster I was at sea level. I was not surprised at the amount of sweat dripping from my brow which could have re-filled the Caribbean. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised that when I finished and arrived at the shore where Cory and Drew were parked, ripping off my shirt was like trying to pull a wetsuit off a sea lion in heat. At that point I didn’t want to fuss with changing into my swimsuit because I was hot NOW, and instant relief was available only a few feet away. So, down to my sports bra and shorts I was headed straight for the ocean and said to Drew, who was waiting for me to go in the water, “Alright, let’s go!” He shrunk back behind the umbrella and said, “Um…does anyone else want to go? I don’t want to go with mom anymore.”
I guess when they say, “Life is full of surprises” it’s just a nice way of saying, “One day your adolescent child who sucked on your DNA for nourishment inside of your belly will grow up to eat all of your Cheez-Its and tell you thank you for this Caribbean vacation by dissing you at the water’s edge.”
Then again, I guess that shouldn’t surprise me.