Tuesday, January 1, 2008

what I learned. . . .

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there -- lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Actually overheard: "Oh I never read anymore. I had to read so much during the war [note: that would be the Second World War. . . .] that I said to myself when it was over that I would never read again."

This, from an 83 year old woman whose husband died a year ago. Her chief complaints? She's lonely (1); she's bored (2). But hey, she had a bad experience reading over 60 years ago so she's never gone back.

I don't understand.

Then again, there are probably equally ridiculous "lessons" I have taken to heart for myself, never questioning the ridiculousness of conclusion I have adopted from the experience I went through. I just don't see them. Or not yet, anyway. . . .


Lee Anne said...

How sad for her!

On a related yet lighter note, I recently discovered that I love sweet potatoes and cooked carrots -- two things I have spent my whole life avoiding. Yum. Off to contemplate all the ways to cook sweet potatoes from south Georgia.

prophet said...

I have a killer recipe for a sweet potato crumble that reads alarmingly like the beginning of a chocolate chip cookie recipe - minus the chocolate chips! (come to think of it. . . . I have an incredible recipe for a 'carrot puff' that is almost identical. . . . hmmmm. . . . accident? I think not)

Will I send them to you? Nah. Better you should revel in the healthy and wholesome south Georgia recipes!

Happy contemplations.

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Lemon Stand said...

I think we all have things that we don't really think about too closely because then we'd have to admit, we're being silly. At least I do.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful year!