I nipped down to the pub for a drink earlier and got to talking to a couple of folks I see down there once in a while – turns out they are getting married Saturday after being together for 12 years. I can’t think of a joke for that – it’s kinda brave. Who’d wanna rock THAT boat? any how . . . being fellow secularists we got to talking and they mentioned to me that one of the readings they chose for their ceremony came off a plaque on the wall at the pub. Turns out it’s from my favorite book of all time, one I have mentioned to you all before: Three Men in a Boat (to say nothing of the dog) by Jerome K Jerome. Again, one of the funniest books in the English Language and since it’s been in print for 118 years so there really is no excuse NOT to own a copy.
“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need–a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.
You will find the boat easier to pull then, and it will not be so liable to upset, and it will not matter so much if it does upset; good, plain merchandise will stand water. You will have time to think as well as to work. Time to drink in life’s sunshine–time to listen to the Aeolian music that the wind of God draws from the human heart-strings around us–time to -“