It’s a little too late.

Sometimes Nick says the funniest things, and the most poignant too.  For the past few weeks, we have learning how to make better food choices for the three of us.  We have been reading books and consulting with certified dieticians and nutritionists, as well as Nick’s group of doctors.  Arden and I have been focusing much of our attention and energy on this project.

Last week as I was leaving early to have another professional consultation, Arden was doing his morning routine of preparing Nick for the day.  Nick was chatting away.  He asked his dad, “Why Mom leaving?”

“She has an appointment with the nutritionist,” was the reply.  “Why she go there?” Arden explained that I was learning more about food and nutrition and how to make good choices.  Nick was quiet for a few seconds, then, with his sly twinkly-eyed grin, he started singing, “Well, it’s a little too late to do the right thing now.”  If this was a comedy sketch, I would cue the laugh track right here!

This classic song by Tanya Tucker was a huge hit in the early 1990’s.  It is the story of the eventual heartbreak that the woman knows she will experience if she continues on the same path she is on.

Nick cracks me up.  My son wasn’t saying that he didn’t have faith in me to make changes, he was finding humor in the situation.  It was funny.  I don’t believe that it is too late to turn our lives around.  I know that I can choose to make different choices.

We can and should evaluate and re-evaluate our choices.  That is the beauty of this life.  I admit that some experiences are difficult to navigate, but even in the midst of those hard things, we can choose our outlook and our perspective.  It is never too late to do the right thing now.

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