Sunday, May 3, 2015

Hope is a Strategy

We are back from our motor-tour of the East Coast of Scotland, which included a pilgrimage to the printing works of DC Thomson, publishers of The Beano. A great cry of joy rose from the back seat at the first glimpse of Bananaman, the Man of Peel, on the wall above the famous sign.  

[The Beano, Blue Daughter's Top Favourite]


The statues of Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx were duly viewed as well, and so the Culture & Heritage box received its tick.

My iPhone is like a great big hat I wear over my head when travelling: I hold it up in front of me and browse your blog and other, lesser pages (a careful comma) in the hope that people will leave me alone so that my Thoughts will catch up with me.  Not that I actually have Thoughts as such, but what I do have, in splendid abundance, is Half-Formed Reflections, that swirl about in my head and demand tranquillity so as not to churn abominably before they morph into Sensibilities.  

When I was young, the Reflections turned into Opinions, but I have conquered that now. May God stand full square between Me and the Opinions of Others.


[Wax and Wire by Loch Lomond]



I like to think that my Sensibilities, if I choose just the right set of blogs to follow and Twitter feeds to read and scholarly, percipient essays to skim hurriedly through on too small a screen, will become exquisitely honed and get me through life with no further input from the Non-Sensibilities aspect of myself.  That is my Hope for a Better Life.  

Scottish Husband tells me that Hope is Not A Strategy, but I give the matter some consideration as we drive through Fife, past the yellow fields of daffodils, back home towards our troubles and the bay window that is collapsing, and I say that It Very Certainly Is.

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  1. Sensibilities must conquer the non-sensibilities, why life without sensibilities is unimaginable. . (This was quite a heavy post Mise, I am struggling here). Hope is not a strategy but it's not a bad start for one.

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    1. What, Rachel, you are contradicting my post title? Before the day is done I shall be right along to contradict yours, whatever it is.

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    2. I focused on life without sensibilities and lost sight of hope such was my despair. I note you have just contradicted on my blog, but I agreed with your contradiction wholeheartedly.

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  2. If nothing else, the iPhone will keep the sun from you face. Personally, I believe your strategy is to keep your space pleasant, orderly and lovely for those who inhabit it. I think it would make a good universal strategy. May it happen in the life time of my children and grandchildren.

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    1. When you put it in terms of a universal strategy like that, Joanne, it seems a good one, worth a push uphill. Thank you for your fine comment.

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  3. From my current position somewhere on the M4, perusing blogs via the iPad on my knee (no, I am not driving), I can relate. There is blue sky in the wing mirror view of the road behind and dark grey sky up front. Hope is most definitely a strategy.

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    1. What a fearful honour it is that my blog should be read on the M4. Perhaps a first for me!

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  4. What is hope? Just kidding. I think.

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    1. I'm told it is what triumphs over experience, and experience is a section of the CV, towards the front.

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  5. I've staked my life on hope...that's my plan.

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    1. And I wish you luck with that plan.

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  6. Hope is the little voice you hear whisper maybe when it seems the entire world is shouting 'no'.

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  7. Dear Mise
    I am delighted to hear that Beano is still being published and a favourite of Blue Daughters. Sounds like a lovely holiday, viewing fields of yellow daffodils and no opinions being expressed until that darned bay window came into view.
    Helen xx

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    1. I would imagine that a woman of your considerable wisdom and understanding also had the benefit of a Beano background, Helen.

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  8. Hope is most definitely a strategy, it's pretty much my entire life plan. We love Beano here too, and the Dandy. The boys do so love to say, "My Dad's A Doofus". I can't bring myself to contradict them. CJ xx

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    1. It would curb their nascent ability to categorise the world, CJ. You are right not to contradict them in this instance.

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  9. You always make me smile, and you are in fine form here! So amusing and clever I hide in the corner and admire you from afar.

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    1. I am a corner person too, kind Jen; let us have tea and cakes there while the middle of the dance-floor people shimmy away.

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  10. Without Hope, I think I should climb under my pretty floral duvet and never come out again. xx

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    1. It would be an opportunity to edge it with a crochet trim.

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  11. Hope and Imagination worked for The Little Princess.
    On the subject of fields of daffodils. This is an interesting coincidence. I was on a train with a party of Koreans,all hiding under their i phone hats when we passed a field of flowering oil seed rape. One looked up and asked, ' Ah what is that?'. Another glanced briefly and said with great assurance, 'Daffodils'. Perhaps I was wrong.

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    1. A sister of mine used to live in South Korea; no doubt she knows the Ambassador and will have a botanical word with him or her, although it's certainly train protocol that the one with the greatest degree of assurance is the most correct.

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  12. I have added the info about your sister to the memoirs I am ghost writing for you. I think you have another sister in academe or is that the same one? Please clarify.

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    1. The artist sister this time, Lucille. I have many sisters. I'm very much looking forward to my ghost-written memoirs; I know you will give them your trademark touch of aesthetic nostalgia for which I will be able to take the credit.

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  13. Dear Mise, Loved your thoughts today! My hope is that my experiences will continue to grow and expand my horizon!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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    1. I will pop over to your blog and say something equally nice, if that were possible, Karena, just as soon as I have broken up a fight.

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  14. Witty repartee, Mise. I don't often peruse the comments section of blog posts, but yours are as amusing as your posts. You are a singular woman and dearly loved by your subscribers.

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    1. I'm proud of the calibre of the commentators, for sure. They are matchless in their quirky benevolence.

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  15. As Emily Dickinson wrote, Mise:

    "Hope is the thing with feathers
    that perches in the soul..."

    An excellent, wry post, well "acknowledged" above by my cyber-friend Jen.

    Cheers,
    Diane in Denver

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    1. She was so right about the feathers, wasn't she, Diane? A bit prone to hyperbole about Death and so forth, but 'with feathers' utterly nails Hope.

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  16. Dear Mise,
    My Virginia childhood did not include Beano. I think that I first encountered a Beano reference in young adulthood. I have not yet actually seen a Beano.
    My current New York possessions do not include a smart phone of any brand, although I daily find myself surrounded by them.
    What you have written about Hope seems very thoughtful. When I find myself, in certain current situations, muttering "whatever," to myself, I wonder if that is a healthy strategy. I will give Hope a chance.
    xo

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    1. It was remiss of Lucille, dear Frances, not to buy you the Beano when you visited the UK. It was the making of many of us, not that we are yet fully made. I hope the 'whatever' situations will slide by with little trace, aided by your unfailing Virginian courtesy and charm.

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    2. I was only allowed to read Sunny Stories and later, Princess. In my defence I did send Frances one of my authentic Girl comic badges.

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  17. Denial has always been my go to. Though I always hope tbt it works !

    Xo J

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  18. Reading this, I am feeling nostalgic for my sons' collection of Beanos, which I liberating during my last house move, and have never felt the loss of until today! So you just never know, do you. And yes, hope is an excellent strategy.

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  19. Hope is most definitely a strategy! As is time and space for reflection, sorely needed in our rush rush world.

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  20. It definitely is, Mise (and trust me, a Woman of Experience). I believe in attracting what I think of (long enough) and till this day it worked out.

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  21. Hope absolutely is a strategy. Was Scottish husband perhaps confusing hope with sope, which is Westmoreland dialect for a small drink ... because a drink probably needs to be large to qualify as a strategy, yes?

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  22. Hope most certainly is a strategy, dear Mise ~ one which I employ regularly.

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