Saturday, January 30, 2010

On the Need to Find a Fresh Way
To Say Something Quite Familiar

'I am able to say that while I am not ruggedly well, I am not ill enough to excite an undertaker.'
--Mark Twain, in a letter to a friend late in life. We were struck by how familiar this underlying thought was, and yet how novel (and of course humorous) was his way of putting it. We welcome your similar examples.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger Kass said...

My mom (now almost 96) always says that she has lasted so long because she has minor ailments and takes care of them. Not as witty as Twain, but accurate in my mom's case.

At 6:46 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

You're lucky in your genes, Kass. You probably have many more decades to enjoy life. As for being a tad less witty than Twain, I suppose that's a fairly universal problem, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous stan said...

I have a friend who is a recovering alcoholic who always says he's "Never been better!"

He looks like hell, but it always puts a smile on my face because he says it with such enthusiasm.

I think he's found a place of peace, and that means everything.

At 4:42 AM, Blogger Gabriela Abalo said...

I never ask God to give me anything; I only ask him to put me where things are. ~Mexican Proverb

At 7:29 AM, Blogger Elisabeth said...

Like Kass, my mother who is only ninety has been heard to say, 'The doctor tells me I'm fine - good heart good lungs. The only thing I have going against me is my age.'

At 7:54 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks, everyone. I love that Mexican proverb, Gabi.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger FreshGreenKim said...

My grandfather, who passed away 5 days before his 95th birthday, used to always say to his doctor at his annual exam, "I only want 10more years". It worked for about 30years. He was quite a man... my idol.

I'll take 10, every year.

At 11:49 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

It would appear we have some readers with awfully good genes.


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