Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

You won’t have to feed the pig…

with 3 comments

Some of my friends know that I’m a great fan of marriage, having married thrice thus far. And a renowned psychic (Sonia Choquette) told me I might have one more marriage left in me, because “…you’re a hopeless romantic, Marcus…”

I’ve been cleaning closets and throwing out old junk…here’s a wonderful snippet I found in one of my ancient journals (circa 1980 or so) — it’s an extract from a book titled “Hands and Hearts: A History of Courtship in America,” by Ellen Rothman (Harvard University Press).

“I feel sad when I don’t see you. Be married, why won’t you? And come to live with me. I will make you as happy as I can. You shall not be obliged to work hard, and when you are tired, you may lie in my lap, and I will sing you to rest…I will play you a tune upon the violin as often as you ask and as well as I can; and leave off smoking, if you say so….I would be always very kind to you, I think, because I love you so well. I will not make you bring in wood and water, or feed the pig, or milk the cow, or go to the neighbors to borrow milk. Will you be married?”

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Written by marcuswynne

January 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm

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  1. Oh, that’s so sweet :)… but naturally I ended up asking myself… if (s)he wanted to feed the pig, would (s)he not be married then? I found this a really sweet post and from a historical perspective also a very lovely, loving quote.

    Anonymous

    January 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  2. It’s a trap I tell you!! warm honey-sweet drippings in to the ear of the weary and lonely then…BAM! You are on lock down..being fed to the pigs…if’n you do not feed them. I wonder if the serpent was just as eloquent to Eve?? hmmmm….

    rudyryu

    January 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

  3. I guess it may be a trap, although I think sometimes there can actually be good intentions behind those words, even if in the long run, a kind of loving, romantic intention seldom survives… A more realistic approach may be more favourable from a practical perspective, although I think some people are just romantics – and need a bit of fairy tale poetry in their lives… How to make it work? I sure can’t say! 😉

    Anonymous

    January 15, 2010 at 8:25 am


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