THE ADVANTAGE OF A COLD CLIMATE AND NOT SO MUCH DISTRACTION IN THE PHYSICAL WORLD IS THE USE OF IMAGINATION. BRAVO ARMIDALE ! BENCH AWARD NO 1 SO FAR.
Original in Dutch or Twents: “Wie boter op zijn hoofd heeft moet niet in de zon gaan staan.”
Its ANZAC DAY and therefore a Public holiday here in NSW. It incorporates Easter this year as well as a cascade of familial birthdays. As for me, I am here on my eBench, in my pyjama pants and fully off duty. Just Yaaning. Just Yaaning. Today I am going to stuck with the DO NOT theme of the Dutch quote. I can already add:
DON’T TAKE A CLASS OF KIDS ON AN EASTER WALK WITH CHOCOLATE EGGS ON YOUR HEAD.
Now I shall take a look at Old Fotos and see what other good DO NOT advice I can give you as a Nana and Elderwoman. I should probably add:
DON’T GET YOUR NANA TATTOO FROM THE SOUTH GRAFTON TATTOO PARLOUR FOR $10.
One thing that I like about this Dutch saying is that it doesn’t at all need to tell you WHY or WHAT the consequences of going out in the sun with butter on your head would be. Likewise shall I do. I will just give you some DON’Ts and you can work them out.
|DON’T WEAR YOUR DINNER NAPKIN ON YOUR HEAD.|
|DON’T GET PALSY OF YOUR CRANIAL NERVE. ESPECIALLY THE 6th CRANIAL NERVE.|
|DON’T EAT SAUSAGES ON STICKS.|
|DON’T LOOK FOR HATE WHERE THERE IS ONLY LOVE.|
What other DO NOTs have I been told ? I shall try to think of 10.
don’t stand behind a horse.
don’t sit on an outside toilet without checking for red back spiders.
don’t marry a man with less brains than you have.
don’t wear rings because your fingers are too stumpy.
don’t play the piano because your fingers are too stumpy.
don’t grow your hair too long because your face can’t carry it.
don’t go and live in Bellingen because you will use drugs and die.
don’t leave 5 minutes before the miracle happens.
don’t volunteer for anything.
don’t ever ever play with spiritual things
Bonus Do NOT from Nana Bell to go with the warning about not fiddling with matters spiritual:
DO NOT GET YOUR HAIR CUT BY ANYONE BUT A HAIRDRESSER OR IT WILL BLEED.
Izzy. Don’t think yourself so smart.
And now for some WORDS OF WISDOM.
Do not despair or grow impatient over transient phenomena. Life is long. Even if you have problems, even if you have done things you regret or have made mistakes, your whole future still lies ahead of you.
Let not the monks grow their hair long; and let them not wear or hang iron upon their persons, except only those who are recluses, and do not go abroad anywhere.
Emily Post: BRUNCH.
“Do not give encouragement to that single-headed, double-bodied deformity of language, ‘brunch.’ The word is an ungracious one which furthermore has a hurried lunch-wagon suggestiveness…” (Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage, Ninth Edition, p. 489)