The saying on the back of mr. kenju's bathrobe was captured in embroidery for all time - or at least for the life of the robe, thanks to our daughter-in-law, who decided this would make a great Christmas present for her husband's father. And it did!
You should understand that this phrase is very apropos of mr. kenju. He does act, occasionally, like a man who used to be a dictator and has lost his country - but doesn't know it yet - or refuses to accept it. Another caption that fits him well is "Righteous Indignation". In the way of older men whom we call "curmudgeons", he rants and raves to anyone who will listen, about politics, religion, the war, taxes, gas prices, the weather and anything else that comes to mind. The captions on his side of the photo read:
"The irresistable force meets the immovable object" (me)
"I'm trying to make the bliss of ignorance last as long as possible."
"Is my glass-half empty or half-full?"
"Who's Mr. Tickle?" (the name of my business is Tickle Your Fancy)
"He's severely Ticklergic."
"I'll be the judge of that!"
"I've found moral outrage to be so invigorating."
"I've come to the conclusion that anyone who disagrees with me is stupid."
"Manual labor falls outside the area of my core interests."
"I got a bad case of ergophobia. It's an abnormal and persistent fear of work."
"Well, I say BALDERDASH!"
"Why, that's POPPYCOCK!"
"The center for finding offense in just about everything."
"And I find mockery of my being offended offensive."
"And what manner of jackassery must we put up with today?"
And on MY side of the photo, only two captions:
"NIH" (which, according to mr. kenju stands for "Not invented here". He says that if it isn't my idea - I pooh-pooh it from the start......LOL
and the last one: "I could use a little neck rub to ease the tension."
Now before you decide that this practice is demeaning or mean-spirited, I would ask you to remember that we have been married for 42 years, and such tension-easing stuff as this may be partly responsible for our long life together.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Maya Angelou, poet (1928- )