Sometimes hubris and frustration get the better of me and my previous post was one of those times. So after waking up and cringing I deleted it. There are better ways to share anecdotes that amuse me without attempting to elevate myself above other people who are in the same boat. Lesson learned.
Early this morning I had a dental appointment. While making small talk I tried telling the attractive hygienist that I would be back in the same neighborhood to visit the parking department office after I got out of work. Fascinating stuff, I know.
Unfortunately it was 7:15am, I hadn’t had any coffee yet, and it came out as, “I have appointments for both ends today.”
I listened to this song while walking home last night and my state of mind mirrored the lyrics.
It made me recall another time I felt down on my luck and thought about this song as I walked along Ashley Boulevard in New Bedford, the city where I was born. The year was 1979 and I was all of eleven years old.
I was driving through the Berkshires during the early 1990s when I first heard this song on the radio. It was achingly beautiful and I had no idea who sang it or even what genre it was.
When I heard the song again a few weeks later I finally learned the singer was k.d. lang. I knew next to nothing about her other than some jokes that had been going around and how tired I had become of hearing her name in the news. But at that moment a few of the prejudices I had unthinkingly inherited from older generations dissolved and I suddenly had an opinion about her work for the first time. I liked it and wanted to hear more. And I grew up a little.
That would be fine if Tumblr allowed me to disable notifications for a single post to prevent other notifications from drowning in a sea of reblog notices. That’s not possible, and deleting the original post doesn’t stop the notifications, so I’ve had to disable all iOS notifications for the Tumblr app.
Here’s some good Tumblr advice that a friend gave me a few years ago.
Leave the nicest and most positive messages you receive in your inbox. Feel free to delete the other cruft, but let the good ones accumulate until that page is an unbroken string of happy thoughts.
We humans tend to remember insults more than compliments and we don’t often tell those closest to us how much we admire them. So let your Tumblr inbox do its small part to brighten up your cloudiest days.