Love’s First Sight

“When I saw you
I fell in love,
and you smiled
because you knew.”

Yes,
I wonder…..

Is ‘ Love At
First Sight ‘
a real possibility?

Or is it just
the stuff of
sonnets,
soulful songs,
and soapy
advertising?

That whole
just one look
deal.

It does seem
that just about
everybody has
weighed in on
the subject at one
time or another …….

A recent survey
found that 2 out
of 3 Americans
believed it was
possible –

and 1 out of 3
claims to have
actually experienced
it.

The Old Test talks of
Isaac’s first loving
glimpse of Rebekah —

And of course,
there’s Jacob
and Rachel….

The ancient Greeks
called their perspective
on it “theia mania” –
– a form of love
madness that was
sent by the gods.

Classic literature
just abounds
with references
to it —

— that’s even how
Narcissus fell in love
with himself.

And Plato, in
his Symposium,
while explaining
Aristophanes ideas,
wrote that it
happened almost
spontaneously when,
after a complicated
cosmic process of
separating all humans
into individual males
and females, the two
halves somehow found
each other again.

That’s taking the
idea of soul mates
to a whole
new level,
right ?

It was a favorite theme
for the early medieval
love poetry of the
Troubadours, especially
the concept of the
‘Love Dart’ that emanated
from a special lady’s
eyes.

This affection for the
idea carried right along
through the eras of
Dante, Shakespeare,
and Victor Hugo –

— up into our current
time, where there’s been
so many books written
on the subject it’d be
impossible to list them
all.

Movies
and
Music ?

Oh man,
don’t get
me started.

Mozart’s
“Magic Flute”,

The Beatles’
“With A Little
Help From My
Friends ” ,

“Some Enchanted
Evening”
from “South Pacific “,

” Maria
from
“West Side Story” ,

And that list would
go on and on,
and on…..

Talk about a current
reference …..

Did you know Homer
and Marge fell in love
at first sight , too ?

Yep.

Some writers suggest
that there are physical
signs to warn you when
it’s happening to you —

Those include :

widening of the eyes,
sweating of the scalp,
palpitating of the pulse,
butterflies in the tummy,
and a dreamy quality in
your interaction.

But, that all happens
to me when I order
Buffalo chicken wings —

So, my advice would be
to use your own
judgement.

If you have any left,
after her love darts
have their way with
you.

Good luck
with that.

!!! HOY !!!

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Alexandra David-Neel says:

Alexandra David-Neel

” Landscapes have a language of their own,
expressing the soul of the things,
lofty or humble, which constitute them,
from the mighty peaks to
the smallest of the tiny flowers
hidden in the meadow’s grass. “

Baah Humbug

Baah Humbug ! ”

That olde Scrooge
certainly was an
expressive character,
wasn’t he?

But —
I got to thinking
the other day —

(probably after I realized
the garden section space
of the local Wally World
had been completely
subsumed by lights,
decorations and Holiday
stuff — two months early)

— why would he have
chosen that
particular expression?

Sure, it’s an insect –
– or is it?

No, not really….

it’s actually
a micro-organism,
that lives
in jet fuel, of all things.

Don’t think they had
jet-fuel back then.

I do know that in Britain,
there are candies
called ‘Humbugs’.

One type is a black and
white peppermint,
but another, found in
the Somerset region of England,
featured toffee with
an almond center —

— and there’s a theory
that this gastronomical
let-down (running out
of toffee, and left with
a dry nut) was what Dickens
could have been thinking
of when he wrote
” A Christmas Carol ” .

Could be, I guess.

It was certainly an English
vulgarity of the time to use
the term ‘hum’ as a way
of referring to a deception –
or to a practical joke.

How the bug got in there–
well, that’s another thing
altogether.

There’s plenty of theories.

Interestingly enough,
an Italian expression much
in vogue at the time was
uomo bugiardo’ –
(which equates to
our phrase
— ‘lying bastard’).

I like that explanation a lot,
despite the absolute lack
of any evidence whatsoever
that’s what he had in mind.

Cause that’s the
kinda guy
Scrooge was, I think —

– to figure everyone
was lying
about the potential beauty
and virtues of the season–

After all,
who else
could hate Christmas?

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