Random Thoughts: A Mindful Miscellany

from Marcus Wynne

You won’t have to feed the pig…

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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?”

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.


    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….


    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! 😉


    January 15, 2010 at 8:25 am

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