Thursday, June 9, 2011

letting Jane down

When I undertook to join Jane's 'Flowers in the House' bash on Monday, I'd forgotten that it was a public holiday and that I'd promised to go to the fun fair.


[Flowers. Two days late. An excuse in time saves nine.]

So I sped round in the dodgems thinking of how miserable Jane would be without me, rode on the dinky train wondering whether she'd ever speak to me again, listened to children's laughter as the wind rose and the rain blew in from the west, where Jane lives in America, far from my heavy heart, and ate a chocolate brownie while hoping against hope that she wouldn't cut me out of her will.  By the time I got home, I felt that my friendship with her was already beyond repair, and so the whole thing languished.


[further away from the flowers]

Better late then never, they say, and of course that's not true; it's one of those cheerful remarks to which there's no response.  You just mutter something and back slowly away, wondering whether the hip-flask is in the pocket of the other coat, the more flattering one.

31 comments:

  1. hip flask? do you really carry one Mise. I am In Florida.....had too many Hendriks at the bar and forgot to photograph flowers for Jane. I feel so bad.I wanted to do a flower post for Jane, Instead I am leaving a comment for MIse. I love you Mise. I love that you don't give a shit about followers and BS comments. You are what blogging is all about.

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  2. We in America are tickled beyond belief by your post and your guilt.

    Would that be Catholic guilt talking?

    When I'm feeling that badly I find washing the floor on hands and knees is a good penance.

    So is saying 2 Our Fathers and 20 Hail Mary's.

    xoxo Jane

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  3. Wow just read Razmataz's comment. Your blog is truly a confessional.

    Anybody else feel badly about something they did or didn't do to/for me?

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  4. Here I sit wishing I was in the same room with Mise, Jane, and Razmataz, laughing until my belly hurt.

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  5. Hello Mise:
    Post flowers or ride a roller coaster. For us, there would be absolutely no choice - we should have posted bouquets! Indeed, anything to escape the fairground.

    We do hope that now, guilt free, you will enjoy the rest of the week.

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  6. I don't know how you can live with yourself - not only failing to post your flowers, but off away having fun.....shocking.Hair shirt and bread and water the rest of the week, missy. Abby x

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  7. I scrubbed my bathroom floor the other day, so does that mean I have a penance in the bank, ready to apply to a future sin! Loved the post - I must pick some flowers later!

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  8. Thank you, Chania, your comment has made me very happy. At least Jane is still talking to us. I don't really have a hip flask - a sad lack at 40.

    Jane and Lance, I too would have put a tick in the NO box of the Expression of Interest in Trip to Funfair questionnaire, but one must not let the children down.

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  9. No hip flask, Mise? There's clearly a gap in the market. You'd have one if it was adorned with petite little flowers made of rose gold and was contained within a Cath Kidston carry case. This could be an award winning product. xx

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  10. Hahahahaha, you made my day! I'm putting this on Facebook!

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  11. Oooo Mise, I love a fun fair. It's funny though as, I can go on all of the big rides....the bigger the better,roller coasters, looping the loop, in the dark or otherwise but, I can't go on anything that goes round and round like the teacup ride or even a roundabout at the park. It's something to do with the inner ear I think......anyway, I digress.
    I'm afraid that I don't know about Jane and her flower posts but must go over and investigate. Can't have you doing things that I'm not !! ....and, I wouldn't worry about not having a hip flask. Just carry the gin bottle around with you like I do !!!! haha
    ....and, another thing.....didn't the time difference mean that you didn't miss the post? Just a thought ! XXXX

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  12. .....oh, and a picture of me in my maxi dress might be forthcoming. Depends how I am looking on the day !! It's OK for you young 'un's who still look lovely at anytime. I'm afraid those days are gone for me !! haha. XXXX

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  13. "It's the thought that counts" is another saying that really deserves a smart blow to the ear of anyone who utters it.

    I think you were sufficiently, and obviously genuinely, penitent there, Mise. I didn't do it at all; Jane may never speak to me again, and we were getting on so well and all.....

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  14. Note to self.....don't drink and blog!

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  15. I live by "better late than never", so don't ruin it for me. Your flowers are lovely and worth the wait.

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  16. They are cute and small, which counts for a lot:).

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  17. In my haste to catch up on some of my most favourite blogs I have two comment windows open at the same time, and nearly left you a comment saying that it looked most snug indeed and I quite liked the idea of being tucked up myself right now, if there was room for me next to Manatee and Owl.

    How fortunate that I realised in time and didn't embarrass myself with such a blogging gaffe.

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  18. Mel, I'm worried now that you might be as nice to other people in their comment boxes as you are to me. I thought I was special, you see.

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  19. I think the way you write and weave your marvelous humor into every crevice, we'd all forgive you for anything. When you throw in brownie and booze then your odds go really up; in no particular order of course.

    : ) Deb

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  20. This is so fun! Sure glad I clicked on you blog over at Jane's!!

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  21. Miss.
    You weave words in a wondrous wily way and I love ever soundbite.....
    Hope to meet you at the fairground someday.
    Móna
    PS...the flowers are lovely

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  22. I'm not sure what I've enjoyed most - your funfair, rollercoaster, brownie induced guilt, penance, usual banter and lovely flowers, or the comments, especially Chania's boozy one!
    You are indeed truly special Mise.

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  23. There are all kinds of decorative hip flasks over at Etsy, Mise, when you're ready to take the plunge. These are perfectly lovely flowers, tardy or otherwise.

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  24. Oh, the "better late than never" excuse, definitely in my repertoire ....and of course eating a chocolate brownie is always the answer to any of life's problems!

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  25. pink flowers in a row look like they're in a very happy place,

    'cheer up' is usually the one that gets me

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  26. Oh Mise, you ARE special. I'm nicest of all to you xx

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  27. Here I am .. better late than never.. !


    Well I'm sure those brownies left a heavy lump in your tummy knowing that you had let down an entire universe of bloggers... I'm sure if you win the lottery and do fly me over that would go a long way towards making amends..

    I've always wanted a hip flask.. 2 would be good to keep the balance!..

    Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

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  28. Here I am .. better late than never.. !


    Well I'm sure those brownies left a heavy lump in your tummy knowing that you had let down an entire universe of bloggers... I'm sure if you win the lottery and do fly me over that would go a long way towards making amends..

    I've always wanted a hip flask.. 2 would be good to keep the balance!..

    Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

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  29. I mentioned you today on my blog........hope you like it. http://wp.me/p1on8k-FQ

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  30. Pretty flowers! The visit to the 'carnival' with the bag of chips after, was the highlight of many a childhood summer down in Cork, though now I'm sure I'd be ticking that box 'no interest' too.

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  31. right now im living by..."its the thought that counts "
    ... in the market for a pretty hip flask... dont care "who's"
    ~laura x

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