During COVID I have been reading more than usual and have come across some lines I think are worth saving to consider. Two of the most recent ones were found in the book, His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay, whose name I mentioned in my previous blog. Both lines were from one of the more colourful characters named Lulu who is beginning to show her age a little but shrugs it off with the line, “I’m starting to sag, but you have to treat gravity with levity.” In an age where youth and perfection are admired, this was a refreshing and humorous way to think about ageing.
Another one of her lines was, “It’s no fun being so literal.” This she whips when her best friend’s ten-year-old son, a scholarly type, corrects her about something. This young man adores Lulu so is not being rude, just needing to be correct.
I agree that being correct often is important but sometimes, it’s more fun to exaggerate or use a more colourful description if it’s not critical information. So you know what camp I lean towards. Just saying! People who nit-pick about small unimportant points can come across as know-it-alls when maybe, in reality, they are just perfectionists needing to make everything correct, which in and of itself is often a virtue. But it can also be a big put-off if done too often.
Just for fun, I have decided to keep little gems like these that I come across in my reading in a special little book, I have christened, Things to Think About. So the next time I try to remember a line that I found funny, inspiring or just plain interesting, I will have it to remember, maybe even meditate on.
Today I escape to the kitchen, my place of solace where I go, especially when things are not working out in the office. Neither my husband nor I have a clue about what to do when technology goes on the fritz, and it just happened out of the blue. I was just using the internet and all was fine. Ten minutes later, my sister calls and all I can hear is static not unlike a buzz saw in high gear. We are both shouting at one another in an attempt to be heard over this grating noise but are getting nowhere. I return to my computer thinking I’ll email her. But it too is now down. What! No phone, no internet, no television. After several hours of attempting to solve the problems, we are frustrated and finally give up. My husband calls Bell on my cell phone. We are informed that It will be tomorrow sometime in the afternoon before they can send a technician.
So I decided to try to relax until I can get back to work. However, being an A-type personality, I have some learning to do when it comes to practising the virtue of patience. This is where two of my favourite pastimes other than writing, reading and baking come into play. Hence, the warm cranberry orange scones cooling on my kitchen counter and my bookmark is already on page 145 in the book which I just picked up my last visit to KPL.
Having an interest in historical things, Elizabeth Hay’s book, His Whole Life, set in the 1990s when Quebec was on the verge of leaving Canada, is an intriguing read for me. And now I have lost interest in that query letter I was intending to send off for my latest novel, Caroline and Company.
Elizabeth, the author of the above book, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Late Nights on Air which I intend to get next in case another unexpected technology emergency happens. In the interim, I promise to myself that I will get that query off when all our technology problems are solved. Meanwhile, a cup of tea in hand, I happily munch on a warm scone while I return to my reading, anxious to learn how reconciliation is possible in a family so fiercely divided, and not just on politics.