Rachelle Chase was kicking her bucket list long before she even knew what a bucket list was. If she’d known what one was, it would have looked something like this:
1. “I want out of this dark, watery, b-o-r-i-n-g place before I die.” So at eight months old and four-plus pounds, she stuck her foot out of her mother’s womb and the doctor pulled her out.
2. “I want to visit my cousin before I die.” “No, I’m not taking you,” said her mother. So four year old Rachelle, wearing only one shoe, decided to walk to her cousin’s house despite not knowing where he lived. She ended up standing in the middle of a busy street until a man picked her up and drove her home – or rather, to the hysterical woman, also wearing one shoe, racing down the street.
3. “I want to tee-tee standing up before I die.” Still possessing the intelligence of a six month old gerbil, four year old Rachelle watched a little boy pull his pants down and tinkle in the bushes. So she pulled her pants and panties down, stuck out her stomach, and tinkled, too.
4. “I want to steal candy (even though my parents give me money to buy it) before I die.” Right before her dad was scheduled to pick her up from after-school care, six year old Rachelle went to the Safeway across the street and stuffed her pockets full of Tootsie Rolls and candy necklaces. Guess who was parked in front of the door, watching?
Over the decades, Rachelle – who is also a business consultant, speaker, model, and award-winning romance author – has mastered the art of adding “brilliant” items to her list. Kicking the Bucket List is the first time she’s ever written about one.