More Whipped Cream

          I have a new delightful friend,
          I'm almost in awe of her;
          When we first met I was impressed,
          By her bizarre behavior.

          That day I had a date with friends,
          We met to have some lunch;
          Ellie had come along with them,
          All in all ... a pleasant bunch.

          When the menus were presented,
          We ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups;
          Except for Ellie who circumvented,
          And said, "Ice-cream, please. Two scoops."

          I was not sure my ears heard right,
          And the others were aghast;
          "Along with heated apple pie,"
          Ellie smiled, completely unabashed.

          We tried to act quite nonchalant,
          As if people did this all the time;
          But when our orders were brought out,
          I did not enjoy mine.

          I could not take my eyes off Ellie,
          As her pie ala-mode went down;
          The other ladies showed dismay,
          They ate their lunches, and they frowned.

          Well, the next time I went out to eat,
          I called and invited Ellie.
          My lunch contained white tuna meat,
          She ordered a parfait.

          I smiled when her dish I viewed,
          She asked if she amused me;
          I answered, "Yes, you do,
          And you also do confuse me."

          "How come you order rich desserts
          When I feel I must be sensible?"
          She laughed and said, with wanton mirth,
          "I am tasting all that's possible."

          "I try to eat the food I need,
          And do the things I should;
          But life's so short, my friend, indeed,
          I hate missing out on something good."

          "This year I realized I was old," She grinned,
          "I've not been this old before;
          So, before I die, I've got to try,
          Those things for years I have ignored."

          "I've not smelled all the flowers yet,
          And too many books I have not read;
          There's more fudge sundaes to woof down,
          And kites to be flown overhead."

          "There's many malls I have not shopped,
          I've not laughed at all the jokes;
          I've missed a lot of Broadway Hits,
          And potato chips and cokes."

          "I want to wade again in water,
          And feel ocean spray upon my face;
          Sit in a country church once more,
          And thank God for His grace."

          "I want peanut butter every day,
          Spread on my morning toast;
          I want un-timed long-distance calls,
          To the folks I love the most."

          "I've not cried at all the movies yet,
          Nor walked in the morning rain;
          I need to feel wind in my hair,
          I want to fall in love again."

          "So, if I choose to have dessert,
          Instead of having dinner;
          If I should die before nightfall,
          You'd have to say I died a winner."

          "That I missed out on nothing,
          That I had my heart's desire;
          That I had that final chocolate mousse,
          Before my life expired."

          With that, I called the waitress over,
          "I've changed my mind, it seems;"
          I said, "I want what she is having,
          Only add some more whipped-cream!"

~ Virginia Ellis ~

[ by: Virginia Ellis -- from Aiken Drum ( ]


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