Human nature can be astonishingly curious and unpredictable. Take yesterday in this space for example. I was blithely writing about sneakers on the streets of Paris, with what I thought was a slightly arch tone and all but one of you seemed mildly interested in the subject.
The one dissenting opinion –Anonymous of course — had this to say:
“another stupid post time for removal. . .another nonsense blog.”
The color and quotes are inserted by moi meme. I left the punctuation andcapitalisationor lack thereof in tact. I figured this person probably had a lot of rounds to make and didn’t have time for details.
|Alice and her friends having tea and talking nonsense.|
Let’s be perfectly clear: Of course this blog is irrelevant, nonsense and maybe from time-to-time stupid, although I hope not often.Stupid, I mean.
Many of my friends would tell me to delete the anonymous comment and move on, but to tell you the truth remarks like that fascinate me. Where do they come from and why? What’s up with these people?
Unless one is writing a blog about cures for major medical problems, world peace, saving the planet or myriad other concerns along those lines, most of us are probably conversing with new and old friends who share common interests, tastes and maybe, just maybe, similar senses ofhumor.
I wouldn’t presume to be relevant, but I hope I’m entertaining most of the time. I can’t help wondering, if we talk by telephone or over lunch with a friend and our conversation is mainly about makeup, scarves, our last vacation, someone interesting we met on a plane, our dog, the new paint color of our bedroom (because we want to go back to neutrals), the flowers we planted, the vegetable garden we will definitely create this year, our outrage over the lack of worthy content on the major television networks, and on and on. . . Is that stupid? Is it nonsense?
How can anything be nonsense when we’re with a friend?
|Look, an entire book devoted to nonsense! I think I’ll buy it for Ella Madeleine. It’s always good to start nonsense early.|
For me the “nonsense” of life is never irrelevant. It’s what brings us close together, it’s what helps us deal with the real stuff, the hard stuff. It gives us a break. This stupid little blog for example has delivered right to my computer and in many cases right over a glass of wine at a table in Paris or the United States some of the most charming people I have met in years. I think we can call each other friends and yes we have many common nonsense interests in our lives. We also have our real lives which may not always be as much fun as the stupid stuff. Interestingly, we share those revelations as well interspersed with the irrelevant.
When I set out to find “art” for my rant I had no idea so many relevant writers and observers think we all need a little nonsense. Now, Anonymous, I would hate to have another misunderstanding or difference of opinion between us, so I would like toemphasisethat I am in no way what-so-ever comparing myself to the writers quoted here. I’m simply bolstering my argument with their observations. Trust me on this.
There you have it, my rant for the day. That felt really, really good.
I would just like to add, thank heaven for all the unimportant, trivial, fun, amusing, wonderful blogs many of you are writing and we are all reading. Joy and entertainment are never stupid and, as we all know, finding the right shade of nail polish this spring should be a major priority for all of us. Some details in life are entirely too important to be ignored.