Short Interlude by Ralph Waldo Emerson

23 May
The water understands
Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly destroy.
Good try, water!  You’ll have to go destroy something else. In my house, you stay in the damn pipes!
We have averted disaster, but holy hell, I am exhausted.
How about we talk about this tomorrow.
I have a few thoughts…
Lots of love,

14 Responses to “Short Interlude by Ralph Waldo Emerson”

  1. angelowal May 23, 2013 at 16:44 #

    Sounds like the flesh is beaten, but the spirit is strong! Glad you’ve averted imminent destruction. Now rest and rest and rest and maybe massage therapy would be a suitable treat for you and the Mr.?


  2. sqt May 23, 2013 at 17:19 #

    Glad to hear you averted disaster. I look forward to your thoughts on Canseco…


  3. The Karamazov Idea May 23, 2013 at 17:32 #

    On the issue of floods, I can certainly relate. My comment spambox is full to bursting. Apparently my article on tattoos has gone viral with 160,000 views today (compared to a week before 230 being average). The 1000 screechings of independent women demanding I take it down currently demand my attention as bail with both hands and go through all of the nonsense that my filter can’t catch.


  4. judgybitch May 23, 2013 at 17:44 #

    What a great post!

    How do you feel about tattoos that cover surgical scars? I didn’t end up with a c-section for any of my children, but I have seen lots of women who have lovely tattoos (usually flowers or butterflies) to cover the scar from that particular surgery, which can be quite unappealing to look at?

    I’ve seen them in the change rooms at the swimming pool, BTW. It’s not a scar generally visible to other people.


  5. The Karamazov Idea May 23, 2013 at 17:52 #

    It’s certainly a different circumstance than the vast majority of tattoos are obtained. I suppose I’d be personally opposed to it if a significant other wished to get one, however, I don’t believe they inhabit the same area as the traditional rebellious tattoos, even the ones obtained under the guise of “memorial.”

    Myself and my brothers were all C-sections (which my mother never ceased to remind us). A potential problem is that usually they opt to deliver cesarean in follow-up births so the tattoo would likely get ruined or at least disturbed with a second childbirth. Also, medical technology, including scar reduction, is getting better every day thankfully. Medical developments are largely to thank for that in the free-market of cosmetic surgery (don’t say Pam An never did nothin’ for ya).

    I guess it reminds me of the case of the woman who had a double masectomy and had tattoos to cover them. I’m not especially opposed to them. I just believe they will be trotted out as exceptions to defend the rule.


  6. judgybitch May 23, 2013 at 17:58 #

    I just believe they will be trotted out as exceptions to defend the rule.

    Yep. That would be the only circumstance under which I would consider getting a tattoo, with the added advantage that only my husband would see it.

    There is something very strange about seeing a tattoo on a woman wearing a wedding dress. The two just don’t …. seem to go together. I think you explained why!


  7. Liz May 23, 2013 at 18:23 #

    Good job, you!

    Now sit down and relax to a nice glass of cabernet and a book. 🙂


  8. wdodman May 23, 2013 at 20:17 #

    Not to mention that if you were dating, you’d violate both rules for girls to avoid; single mothers and tattooed girls.


  9. sqt May 23, 2013 at 21:52 #

    I have had two c-sections and the scar is pretty small. It never occurred to me to tattoo over it– but I’m not a fan of tattoos (and neither is my husband).

    My mother-in-law went through a mid-life crisis a few years back and got a bunch of fairy tattoos (she fancied herself as Wiccan at that time), now she’s stuck with a permanent, visible reminders of that time. Kind of funny actually.


  10. sqt May 23, 2013 at 22:02 #

    For the most part I agree with you on the tattoo thing. I have never wanted one. I got a temporary tat when I went to Cabo with my husband and instantly hated it because I thought it made me look trashy. We were just goofing around when we got them but I had a powerfully negative reaction to having anything like that on my skin. So yeah- I’ll never, ever get one.

    There are very few exceptions to the rule. I saw a picture recently of a woman who had an airplane tattooed on her wrist as a reminder of a plane crash she survived– over 100 passengers on that flight and she was the only survivor. If you have a story like that you’ve earned the right to the darned tattoo. But very few people have interesting reasons to get tattoos. It’s almost always something generic like a flower or a butterfly. Boring.


  11. Liz May 24, 2013 at 08:52 #

    Tattoos are pretty cliche these days. You’re basically a rebel if you don’t have one.
    That said, my husband has a couple of tatoos and I absolutely love them. We’d been married for about 15 years at that point, kind of had that dangerous stranger element that made me hot (still does). I have a small one on my hip (got that before he got either of his). It was a gift, since I know he likes them…I told him whatever he wanted and wherever he wanted I’d get it and he chose. That was around our 14th anniversary.


  12. Reggie May 24, 2013 at 16:01 #

    Please don’t shut down your blog.


  13. Reggie May 24, 2013 at 16:02 #

    Directed at The Karamazov Idea in response to this:


  14. The Karamazov Idea May 24, 2013 at 16:05 #

    I’m afraid I’m left little choice. I made the mistake of using the same email I had for WP on a different site that ended up having more of my info. Some morally outraged person apparently made it incumbent upon herself/himself to browse the internet for hours in an attempt to pin down my identity. They commented a linkedin page. Some of the details were sketchy, however, I’m taking the safe way out.


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