Sorry about the absence of a post yesterday. My sister and her kids are in Sydney, so she collected Nana and we all had lunch together in the apartment they’re staying in downtown. Then I got distracted by MS #2, and in my experience, you don’t interrupt when it’s going well. You keep your head down and your fingers hovering over the keyboard and hope like hell that it just keeps coming. I’m heading straight back to it after I post this, which was supposed to be about John Kennedy Toole’s brilliant novel, A Confederacy of Dunces, but won’t be now because I’ve decided I want to finish it before blogging about it. I usually read one book at a time, but I’m an utter mess at the moment. I don’t know how I’ve allowed it to happen, but I’ve currently got about half a dozen books on the go, and I don’t feel like I’m getting through any of them. I suppose this is why I’ve been such a serial monogamist as a reader, because right now none of these titles is getting my full and proper attention. So. I’m going back to my own first instinct. One book at a time. And A Confederacy of Dunces is cutting the queue. Make way, make way.
In the meantime, Litlove tagged me last week, and I’ve only just realised I’m supposed to respond to the post in kind (call me stupid, but some of this blogosphere etiquette is still completely mysterious to me). My thanks go to Charlotte, for had she not posted her ten things in response to Litlove’s, it’s quite likely I would never have realised I was supposed to do the same, and to Pete at Couchtrip, who also knew what to do. As it happened, I simply became curious about the other bloggers Litlove tagged, and so happily discovered yet another blog I like, Charlotte’s Web (Charlotte’s latest post is itself a very tempting list of bloggers that she finds hysterical. I am now forcing myself not to read those blogs, because I can see how that story ends, and that’s with yours truly never, ever finding the time or the discipline to complete another one of her own). So. Here we go. Ten things I know… ten things I know… hmmm, ten things I know…
1. Education fosters tolerance; ignorance breeds fear.
2. Laughter is easily as sacred as tears.
3. Personal fulfillment will never, ever fall from the sky. You’ve got to work for it, and keep working all the time.*
4. Men and women really are different, but human beings are basically alike.
5. Good communication brings people closer.
6. Life is way too short to be unduly deterred by what other people think of your dreams.
7. Children know things, and rarely miss what grown-ups think well hidden.
8. There’s room enough in the realm of possibility for what each of us believes.
9. There’s a lot to be said for seizing the day.
10. Love is a wonderfully fertile crop that spreads easily and well in even the most hostile climes.
* Originally this read ‘you have to look for it, and keep looking all the time,’ but as Charlotte pointed out, it’s an active search. There’s work involved.