"Learning to live and living to learn"
Those of you who may be familiar with Christian religious traditions will know that today is often referred to as "Good Friday".
In the early hours of this morning, as I gradually emerged from slumber, in that moment before you open your eyes when you realize that "no!", you haven't won the lottery, and "no!", you haven't been caught short in a densely populated area, bursting to go to the toilet with nowhere appropriate in sight, I exclaimed with an air of satisfaction, "Its Good Friday!".
My dear wife who, I assumed, was the picture of sleeping beauty herself in the bed beside me, turned over and in a rather tersely, negative tone responded, "What's good about it?"
Now, if I was a more strategically-minded individual with respect to my domestic environment, I would have realized that since my dear wife is, at present, busier than President Joe Biden on a particularly stressful day in the Oval Office at the height of a global crisis, I would have understood why she responded so. I would therefore have exhaled in the form of a snore and tried to convey the impression that I was merely talking in my sleep, rolled over and kept quiet. But no, I'm just an average Joe Shmoe who lacks political antenna in matters domestic and so I followed up with, "It's the Easter holidays". In retrospect, I think it was the word "holiday" that drove the nails into my crucifix because in that instance, she sat bolt upright and demanded to know if I had remembered to buy her a luxuriously large chocolate egg, the one with lots of smaller chocolate eggs inside and a magnificent bunch of flowers to mark the occasion.
My initial thought was to point out the potential dietary implications of consuming so much quality chocolate, but, fortunately, thought better of it.
At this point, I caught sight of Lily, (the dog who must be adored), stretched out at the end of the bed like Cleopatra on a "spa-day", looking at me through the half-light. I knew what she was thinking; "What a bonehead! At the every least, this puts us in the car for an early trip to the retail park".
Well, there goes my holiday morning snooze. Where are did I put the car keys and dog collar?
First key learning of the day: All Fridays are good and there is absolutely no need to say so.