Thursday January 29, 2004

The happiest mine eyes shall see

[ Today's meme is courtesy of this week's Thursday Threesome at The Back Porch. Quote is by Edgar Allan Poe, The Happiest Day ]

Onesome- The happiest day: Tell us about the happiest day of your life.

Twosome- The happiest hour: What’s your favourite time of the day, and why?

Threesome- Mine eyes shall see: What’s the one thing/place you would really like to see in your life?


Onesome- The happiest day:

Miss Manners (Judith Martin) has this comment on what is often called "The Happiest Day of Your Life" (the wedding day):

Few of those who prattle about that "happiest day" seem to consider the dour expectations this suggests about the marriage from its second day on. . . At any rate, someone whose idea of ultimate happiness is a day spent at a big party, even spent being the center of attention at a marvelous big party, is too young to get married.
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(There are adults who go through life expecting other people to make their birthdays perfect for them, and if you ever meet one of these people, watch out. Nothing will ever be enough for them.)

What Miss Manners wishes all brides is not the happiest day of their lives, but jolly gatherings of family and friends, in which they are the object of general admiration, but everyone has a good time. They will then have some happiness left over with which to live happily ever after.

Today is my birthday. If I'm lucky enough to live as long as my maternal grandmother, I have not yet reached the midpoint of my life. I have had quite a few happy days in the past 44 years (as well as more than my share of really bad days). I sincerely hope that the "happiest" day of my life is still ahead of me, something to look forward to. Otherwise, life is, overall, sad indeed.

May many days each be the happiest day of your life up until now, with many more ahead.

Twosome- The happiest hour:
I'm at my best in the evening. After work, well before bedtime, between 7pm and midnight. The workday is over; it's just me, hubby, and the cats. It's a time to rest, relax, talk and spend time with those who matter most.

Threesome- Mine eyes shall see:
Paraphrasing Sandra Bullock in the movie "Miss Congeniality", I'd like to see

Harsher sentences for violent offenders ...and world peace!

Perhaps the way to achieve the latter is to have more of the former. I'm still not sure how exactly I feel about the recent (and ongoing) "unpleasantness" in raq and the Middle East... I have mixed thoughts. However, I found one commentator's views on the subject to be most thought provoking:

Gracie [Sandra Bullock's character] learned that neither the judges nor the audience wanted to hear about anything practical, like locking up parole violators. They wanted popcorn, to participate in a moment of morality. Who doesn't want world peace?

As for places I would like to see, the list includes Scotland, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Greece, the Yucatan and more of Denmark. However, as I get older, my priorities continue to shift further in the direction of hearth and home. I really don't like to travel. I don't like to be away from home for very long. I'm also increasingly less willing to get into an airplane for a trip of any distance.

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