Saturday, March 06, 2010

the chickens have come home to roost

Guess what I found on my front porch this morning? A very well-travelled box containing, you guessed it, seven swans a-swimming. It was battered and had been opened and the address label was no longer in place, doing a great deal to confirm my suspicions that the originator of these mysterious parcels for the last seven years has indeed been someone local.

And of course I was gratified to know that my philosophy of "when in doubt, do nothing, it will eventually work itself out" still holds true.

What words do you live by?

11 comments:

Remi said...

Try everything once. Alas, in my case, I often wind up doing the not so cool things like aneurysms and seizures. Perhaps I will have to change that to try every fun thing once.

justrun said...

Wow. I am speechless.


My words to live by? When it comes to acting/reacting, I guess "how much will this matter in a few years? Or a few minutes?" I find myself asking that a lot, anyway.

Allison said...

Hurrah! The mystery package arrived. That's awesome.

I don't really have any words to live by...hmm. I'm going to have to think about that one and get back to you.

mellowlee said...

YES! I made it in (blogger.com weirdness!) Thank goodness for google reader. Words to live by..hmm "there's always room for Jello"
So cool the parcel made it to you YAY!

John Mutford said...

Were the swans still swimming?

mister anchovy said...

that is so strange.

pilgrimchick said...

Regrets are important, but only so far as you learn from why you regret.

Charlie said...

"Never drink your own bathwather", "Put that down", and "No."

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Definitely revise that to include that addition, Remi. It's just one more word, after all, and can make a world of difference.

Hey, I use those criteria as well, Justrun. It's pretty amazing how quickly you can figure out the importance of an issue from those guidelines.

I'm amazed that the mystery parcel eventually arrived, Al. The mystery sender is one determined mystery sender!

Replace the word "Jello" with "chocolate" and I am in that fan club, Mel! (Although Jello has its moments...)

After all these months, the swans were still swimming, John. They were glued to the lake so they really didn't have a lot of choice in the matter.

Utterly bizarre, Mr Anchovy. But I am rather honoured by the whole thing. That is some commitment.

That is so true, Pilgrimchick. Too often we don't take a lesson from our remorse. Great words to live by.

A pragmatist, Charlie. Very admirable. I would suggest that it is also a bad idea to drink the bathwater of others.

kelly said...

my words to live by..

When was the last time you tried something for the first time?"

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That will keep you young, Kelly. Good philosophy/