I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

True Confession Time--if you weren’t you, who would you be?

Delores E. Topliff

I have a confession to make. And since we’re only two days past Valentine’s Day, I’ll present one of those, too.

The comedian I’ve always admired absolute tops is Carol Burnett
her inventiveness, spontaneity, ability to laugh at herself to make others laugh have gained her lifelong achievement awards AND established her in our hearts. Her pratfalls, sense of timing, facial expressions perfectly conveying the emotions going on inside emotionally represent any of us.

Spoiler Alertoften in life, I’ve pictured myself getting by waving my hands, managing cute dance steps, belting out a song or Tarzan cryand bringing down the house. MANY of our houses NEED to be brought down.

After reading her second memoir, Together Again, and loving and respecting what I read there, I tracked down her much earlier, more complete, raw, bootstrap-inspiring 1986 One More Time that she totally wrote herself. Wowser! Her writing is great, but her life tenacity and accomplishments revealed are incredible. Moral? Maybe the greater the challenges, the greater the jet propulsion when the runner commits himself/herself to the starter blocks determined to leave Point A and reach Point B or far-beyond, and breaking all known records along the way.

Though there’s little chance we’ll meet, I say hats off, Happy Valentine’s, endless respect, healing laughter, and enduring love.

In college psych when they administered vocational aptitude tests, mine came back pointing me toward forestry, education, or pastoral studies. I laughed, but my life combines all threeworking my way through college and many summers for the U.S. and Canadian Forest Services, racking up years of college teachings in many venues and loving it, PLUS enjoying mission trips and similar opportunities in far-flung places and benefiting from amazing relationships.

But if I were not I, I’d be Carol Burnett, making them laugh, connecting interesting oddball humans by portraying their entertaining eccentric sides but revealing how those distinctive individual traits survivable and lovable. Well-done, brave soldier, warmest thanks, and Happy Valentine's!


  1. If I were not I, I would be YOU! All your travels and the things you have done! Oh, my!

  2. You are so funny. You have many accomplishments in your own right that I enjoy and admire. I think it's hysterical that we often make many of the same menu choices, etc. Obviously, you have good taste.

  3. Dee: We share a love for Carol Burnett. My GRANDgirl #1 enjoys watching the DVD of her variety show. She calls them "funnies." Who would I be if I wasn't me? Tricksy question and I'll answer it this way: I wasn't me for so many years. I hid behind masks that I thought would be approved by others. So I'm good with who I am now ... although if I could have spent a few years dancing on Broadway, that would have been fun. :O)

  4. I and the whole world are very good with who you are now, too. But dancing on Broadway? Maybe--. But I think we prefer having you write and dance in flower-filled meadows under Colorado skies :)