Blog 1696 – 05.13.2020
If you have followed this blog awhile you know that I like most prolific writers have some favorite themes that keep popping up. And I really do try to come up with if not something fresh and new each day at least a different angle on one of my more familiar themes. Someone has said there are only a few standard plots to stories and that the secret to making a story seem unique or new is to present it in a different light.
Take the classic boy meets girl, boy screws up, boy wins girl back or it’s reverse, just like the Disney Classic, Beauty and the Beast, it is always the same ole “a tale as old as time” with a new twist.
Pretty hard to improve on perfection but then isn’t that what story telling is all about as is proven by the oft’ uttered comment at the end of an even well told tale, “You think that’s something? Listen to this.”
Whether we begin our tale with “Once upon a time” or “It was a dark and stormy night” the important thing is always the story, the characters, and the overcoming adversity, adversaries, not remembering anniversaries. And yes, it is touching when someone does remember the anniversary of the good things in our lives like birthdays, weddings and the like but tragically far more mark and are haunted by the less pleasant days and events, i.e. even as FDR spoke of in his famous speech soon after December 7th, 1941, “a day that will live in infamy.”
Where in the world are you wandering with all this wondering, Crazy Dave? Just back to one of my more familiar themes expressed in the Great Depression Era song, “Forget your troubles come on, get happy.” Many these days fear one of the worst outcomes of the COVID-19 virus pandemic beyond the physical discomforts and terrible deaths will be a Great Depression darker than that of the 1930’s. Back then the Hollywood film makers as one answer to those disappointing times was to promote curly haired cute Shirley Temple belting out such numbers as Animal Crackers In My Soup and On The Good Ship Lollipop. My favorite Shirley tune has always been, “Good night, my Love, sleep tight, my Love, God bless you, nighty-night, Sweetheart.”
Thoughts become things. Pick the highest, best ones, and the sweetest dreams to you all, Sweethearts.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Just wondering and wandering,