(note: this is the opening paragraph of my book)

I have lived a good life, I believe. My 37 years on this earth were well spent. If asked if I had any regrets, my immediate answer would be no.

Wouldn’t it?

I pause and run down a mental list of accomplishments in my life. It seems short. Graduated high school. Stunning work there, I thought wryly. Graduated college. No small miracle considering the frat house parties and weekend road trips that kept me from studying. Ran three marathons. Not too shabby. Got a job as a financial analyst, then moved to CFO in seven years at a Fortune 500 company. Okay, for that one I can fairly pat myself on the back, grin cockily, and order the outrageously expensive Bordeaux without flinching. But this is where I draw a blank. What came next? I didn’t propose to Sara like I should have. I never took that trip to Africa. I didn’t buy that perfect 1930’s bungalow, even when the price dropped. I didn’t hike Mt. Everest. Hell, I didn’t hike a single fourteener in Colorado like I said I would on various ski trips. Okay, so I have some regrets. The truth is, I have too much time to think. It’s quiet and dark here, and I’m comfortable and warm. And it seems that all I have is time. I have plenty of time to replay the film reel of my life and kick myself for having that horrible mullet in the 80’s. But I don’t mind this time for thinking, as long as this wonderful warmth stays around me. It feels like being wrapped in a feather bed, a bed of feathers, a feather burrito. Like when you are bundled up in the covers in wintertime except, even my nose sticking outside the covers is warm. The incessant beeping of the machines is my only complaint. Its annoying high pitch interferes with my reminiscing. I’m not sure, but I think I am in a coma.

Article by Katie Matthews

7 replies added

  1. Susan March 21, 2010 Reply

    Stephen and I both think that your writing style is very unique…very you 🙂 the opening really grabbed us in..waiting for more 🙂

  2. Anonymous March 22, 2010 Reply

    Great opening paragraph, although I was a little concerned that he made no reference of bacon in his list of life long accomplishments….I hope that his memory snaps back!

    (embrace the bacon)

  3. Katie March 22, 2010 Reply

    ETB – I will try to work bacon into the book SOMEwhere, as I know most men would appreciate it.
    P.S. See you tonight 🙂

  4. Susan March 23, 2010 Reply

    I don't think that posts from ETB should count…However I would like for ETB to know that I had a BLT from jimmy johns yesterday..and LOOOOVVVVEEEEDDDDDDD! it 🙂

  5. Anonymous April 19, 2010 Reply

    Well, any book worth it's salt ( and pepper) has multiple references to food. After all, how can we really know a character is we don't know where and what they eat and how it's prepared. Adding Bacon to a food ref would be truly telling of his character, i.e., what if he eats tofu and sprouts? Getting a mental pic?

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