We’ve all been there – yes, you have – the disapproving look you give when your best friend’s had too much to drink. Just like you’ve never done that! I’m only human, you take the moral high ground but they are smug.
It’s all about perspective.
|I’m only human||You take the Moral High Ground||They are unbearably smug|
|I got drunk||You wouldn’t get drunk as it would be irresponsible||They never drink|
|My children are good||Your children good citizens||Their children perfect|
|I’m going to give up smoking||You’ve given up smoking to protect others from the dangers of passive smoking.||They’ve never smoked|
|I had an affair||Your marriage vows are sacred||Their husband loves them too much for them to have an affair.|
|I’m going on a diet next week because I want to buy a new dress||You’re on a diet because you owe it to your family to stay healthy||They’ve never dieted because they are naturally slim|
|I stole some sweets when I was a child||You wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if you stole something||They have never felt the need to steal.|
|I’m always getting parking tickets||You never park thoughtlessly.||They use public transport.|
|I know I shouldn’t gossip but …||You don’t gossip because it can be hurtful.||They don’t gossip, they only repeat what they’ve been told|
|I’ve spent lockdown faffing about||You’ve spent lockdown helping others and learning another language.||They’ve spent lockdown working harder than ever at home while looking after their family.|
|I get up about 8.00 am and have a strong cup of coffee and a cigarette.||You get up at 7.00 am to meditate before the day begins||They always up at 6.00 am as they have so much to do.|
|I’d love to have a nose job||You wouldn’t spend money on a nose job, you’d rather spend the money on your children||Their nose is perfect|
|I read trashy novels||You read improving books to your blind neighbour||They never have time to read.|
You get the picture! This pandemic has been pretty testing and we are all doing our best (most of us anyway) but there will always be someone who is doing it better than you. Don’t worry about it. None of us are perfect and it is our imperfections that make us so loveable – at least that is what I tell myself. We’re human beings, we’re fallible and we need to remember this. Sometimes people (particularly us oldies) say the wrong thing – we use a word that we’re not supposed to! When I was young a pouffe was a cushioned footstool. We had a big squishy leather one at home. Then it became Poof which was (according to my friend Mr Google) a word invented by Monty Python and was Extremely Disparaging and Offensive, a contemptuous term used to refer to a gay man. However, it can also be used to describe a sudden disappearance, as in, ‘once you’ve used it, poof—it’s gone’. Can we use it – can’t we use it? Too much for my poor old brain. And then there’s Gay. There was a wonderful book called Our Hearts Were Young Gay. written in the 1940s by Cornelia Otis Skinner about two girls in Paris in the 1920s. It’s going to a big disappointment to any unsuspecting young person who happens to pick it up in a second hand bookshop.
Anyway, we’ve got Christmas to get through. The human spirit is pretty amazing and we will make the best of it. Just try reading some wartime accounts of life in England in those far off days. We may be suffering – but at least most of us are doing it with central heating and no food rationing!