"Don't take what personally?"
"Don't take anything personally." And then she smiled. Content with her answer.
Truthfully, I had no idea what she was taking about but I figured since she was super-old and she looked super-happy, she must know what she's talking about. I proceeded to spread her gospel whenever the occasion seemed appropriate. Including a page on Oprah's website asking for the best marital advice you ever got. I submitted the above story and forgot all about it.
About 6 months later, I started getting all these phone calls congratulating me on my piece in Oprah's O Magazine. Holy crap!!!!!! There is a real possibility that Oprah Winfrey knows I exist!!!!
Oprah (ok so I know it was probably some editor, or even more likely, an unpaid intern assigned to this minor fluff piece but I like to think Oprah read it personally and loved it and that's the story I'm sticking with) must have really liked my advice because not only was it part of the article, it was the lead anecdote! Pretty cool, especially since I had no idea what the old lady was talking about.
|Miss Paddy getting her book signed by Gretchen Rubin.|