- By Larry Carlat
Here’s an excerpt:
CHAPTER 1: HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Larry’s back hurts.
Larry’s back hurts because he is fat.
Larry is fat because he eats cookies.
Larry should probably exercise more.
And eat cookies less.
Maybe you know someone just like Larry.
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CHAPTER 2: MONEY & SECURITY
Larry is sad.
Larry is sad because he just looked at his online banking statement.
This is what he saw: :( :( : (
He then checked his retirement account.
And saw this: :(
Larry poured himself a stiff drink.
"I will be working until I’m a very old man," he said to himself.
His dog, Penny, yawned.
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CHAPTER 3: WORK & PURPOSE
Larry had a great idea.
He was going to change careers.
Or start a new business.
But first he would return to school.
Or become a volunteer.
It was all very exciting.
Larry ate another cookie and poured himself another stiff drink.
Penny joined him by drinking from her bowl.
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CHAPTER 4: LIVING & LEARNING
Larry was searching for meaning in his life.
He wasn’t sure if God existed, but wanted to believe in something.
"Are you there, God?" he asked. "It’s me, Larry.”
Apparently, God didn’t remember that book either.
"Hello? Anybody out there?” he asked again.
“I just need one sign that you exist,” Larry said.
That's when the chest pains kicked in.
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CHAPTER 5: CAREGIVING
Who will care for Larry when he is old?
He asked his older son, Rob, who laughed.
He asked his younger son, Zach, who laughed.
He asked his girlfriend, Maura, who laughed.
He asked his dog, Penny, who wagged her tail.
Larry laughed too.
Everybody was laughing.
And then Larry said, “Hey, wait a minute!”
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