I’m sitting here on a Sunday evening, chocolate chips in hand (they were on my laptop but then started to melt and are now consequently melting anyway – in my hand! Don’t judge…) and I’m remembering this book I read in 6th grade called “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume. The book was first published in 1970 and has been paged through by many young hands (chocolate covered or not) and has seen many book covers through the years as a seemingly timeless coming of age story.
I escorted recipients of the NJ Hall of Fame awards where Judy Blume was honored along side Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Frankie Valli and other cool, recognizable talents. Guess who I was assigned to escort? A dead guy. Yep. Some past supreme court judge and I escorted the guy’s grandson who arrived to accept the award. I should also mention the grandson is an accomplished scientist. That’s a wonderful thing, I know – but really, I was better suited to escort an artist (in my opinion). While escorting this man from the red carpet to the green room before the awards ceremony began I got lost in the hollow bones of the NJ Performing Arts Center. I felt sooo dumb.
Had I gotten lost guiding Susan Sarandon I’d have had plenty of things to say: “So, Susan, I LOVE ‘Thelma and Louise” how exactly did you prepare for that role?,” “Susan, you’re an inspiration to me. Do you have any words of advice?” We would have become best friends right then and there – bonded over the experience, laughed, camped out and shared a stick of gum, I’m sure. But that wasn’t my story. I had a super smart scientist at my heels and I had no idea where I was going.
W h a t a b o m b…
Anyway, the evening was fun and Judy Blume received an award, DeVito rocked out with Bruce Springsteen while Jack and Susan laughed offstage.
But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the “Are you there God?” question. What do you think? I’ve been on both sides of the debate at different points in my life. I have to say though, when I talk to God/my Higher Source/Creator/Guide I feel so much happier, purposeful, whole, conscious, guided, and have a sense that everything is going to be more than ok. …And I’m never alone. What about you?