Monday, September 14, 2009

What Made Me Think of That?

“The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things…”

     This partial quotation from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking –Glass and What Alice Found There, was not the intended topic of today’s post, but my recollection of it initiated my thinking, as it usually does.

     You see I memorized this in high school, and it has  stayed with me, even when other things I learned did not( including geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and biology classifications).

     I have other obscure literary quotes that trigger the same reaction.

Don’t undo what I do!”

     This is a modified version of Annie Sullivan’s response to Captain Keller’s meddling in her attempts to teach Helen Keller, from William Gibson’s play The Miracle Worker.

     I have tried, with great dramatic flair to use this line in various situations with my husband.  It didn’t work. He was not impressed. Maybe it was overkill.  Was it so wrong to use that line with my husband when he has turned off the coffee pot before I have finished drinking coffee that morning?

After you my dear Alphonse.” 

     This line from Shirley Jackson’s short story of the same name, published in her collection of stories titled The Lottery, is about making assumptions. 

     True confession. This has been a fault of mine , as I assume I know what everyone is thinking and feeling- especially my daughters.  Warning!  Don’t do this. Not only will people not be impressed, they actually want their thoughts to remain private. What a concept.

     My topic for today’s post? Blogging. Apparently my mind has decided that will be for another day.

     Tune in tomorrow for more off topic thinking.

    

10 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

Yes, Laura...this was blogging. In the best sort of way. Funny, thought provoking and a bit ouside of the box.

The best!

xoxo
Jane

common ground said...

Love poking around in your psyche. Good food for thought. Have a great day. Hope you got some of the rain recently!
Debra

Joycee said...

Picking your brain might be dangerous!

ArtSparker said...

I enjoy having quotes from different sources carry on a conversation very much.

blushing rose said...

Inviting & thought provoking ...

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TTFN ~Marydon

Karen said...

Courage is being scared to death — and saddling up anyway.
— John Wayne

So, go for it, Laura. Just write it all out. You have such a wonderful way of expressing yourself.
Karen

Dixie said...

Laura... no wonder I like you so much! We think alike! I just refer to my knowledge of quotes and information as "useless trivia & factoids"... only important in a gameshow... LOL

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." Mark Twain

wendy said...

Thanks for stopping by my Blog - I love new readers/friends. and besides, It is hard to find ladies "our" age out there blogging. I have this book of "quotes" from many many books that I love. I refer back to them many times. Every book I read I find some amazing "saying" that I want to write down. Sometimes they come in handy---wish I could remember them ALL.
I'll be back to visit.

Domestic Designer said...

Definitely thought provoking. Perfect!

donna baker said...

Oh, I'm full of them. My kids couldn't stand them. And yet, I hear them repeat them now as adults. Sometimes, they repeat them to me as an admonishment.

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