I have ended the year with some good things and the movie JOY is one of them. Jennifer Lawrence is magnificent as Joy, the lady who invented the self wringing mop. Absolutely blew me away and is such an important real life story to tell. Great cast!!!
I also ended the year with a Peanut Parfait.
$6.45 at the Orange julius here which is the Dairy Queen in San Diego but maybe the two have merged. Business is brutal and the movie JOY told all sides of it...the best is compassionate business and I hope we will see more of that kind of thing as time goes on. Ethics.
I took my peanut parfait outside in the balmy Hawaiian shopping mall entrance. There is Hawaiian music playing and an amazing parade of characters...so many beautiful women with flowers in their hair. Skin of every hue. I remember all the times in San Diego when i partook of one of these delights and almost had a religious experience. It was the perfect treat for this end of the year day and my ritual is always to try to remember all the thoughts I have as I am eating the damn thing.
The fellow who sold me the Parfait was gay. Beautiful. We "Happy New Yeared" and I wondered what would happen in the new year. "Well, we might have a woman President." He said. "I just want to see what that feels like." We smiled.
Then I thought about digesting the thing. A Parfait with peanuts embedded in the hot fudge over soft ice cream is quite a concoction. I enjoy every single bite and transcend to another time and place where I think about digestive issues but they really dont seem that important. I will process this. Im not dead yet.
My last thoughts were of the dregs at the bottom of the plastic cup. Creamy with just the right amount of fudge mixed in. I saw a man about my age with grey hair and a beard come out of the Mall with a parfait like mine. I watched him take a bite and then another one. I knew the bliss he was feeling and watched him as he glided to his car.
After the parfait I went to the movie JOY and got a free bag of popcorn. Transcended again. What an inspiring movie! I loved the depths that it went to and the highs. The dad's online date was played so well by Isabella Rosalini. The plot twists are true. Even Bradley Cooper as the QVC guy was done well. . . oh so well. I liked the grandma in the movie! And her daughter was the mother of the lady who invented the mop and that is who I identified with most.