Back in 2010 I decided to sit down and compile a life list. Some may refer to them as bucket lists but the sound of that diminishes the importance of what this list truly means to me.
Many of the "things to do while I still have a chance" range from simple day to day goals to doing what some might view as unreasonable, improbable or maybe even impossible. Well you see that's the beauty of it. It's my list...and the only thing that will ever prevent me from achieving any of them is ME.
This past weekend, 5 years after starting this list, I was finally able to scratch of item #23. Eating beignets at Cafe du Monde's in New Orleans.
It was our last day in The Big Easy. My girlfriends and I had attempted to eat there the day before but the line started at the entrance and ended at the gates of purgatory. This was going to have to be the day.
After walking about five or six blocks from the hotel we'd been sharing with Robert Durst....yes...that Robert Durst... we arrived at our destination. The line wasn't as long as it had been the day before.
The sun was warm but the gentle breeze cooled my tingling skin. As I inched closer to the entrance, I took in everything. The tiny little tables...the people....the high vaulted wooden ceiling with ceiling fans whirling throughout this historic French market coffee stand.
All I could think about was my list. For five years I had refused to even think about eating a beignet. I had no idea what one even tasted like. All I knew is that I'd made a promise to myself to enjoy this experience at least once in my life....just the way I wanted.
We were quickly seated at a tiny little table with five chairs. The waiter cleaned what looked like an ant pile of powdered sugar, left behind by the previous occupants, from the table.
As we took our seats, I smiled to myself. I knew exactly what I was going to have - an order of beignets and a cup of cafe au lait.
Oh...back to the beignets. They literally melted in my mouth. Powdered sugar was every where and I didn't care! I was fulfilling part of my personal legend. A memory was being created that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
Now on to the next BIG adventure.