A list of do's and don'ts for cheering yourself up
I have been having one of those periods of drift and slump. They don't tend to last long for me so in an effort to shake it off I offer you a short list of do's and don't's for attempting to get rid of it, like a dog shaking off water:
- Do watch chickens run, not hop and scratch, really run as in hurtling along. Their legs splay and somehow they manage both the speed of hurtling with the action of waddling. It never fails to make me smile.
- Do spend time with a just four year old. Me: "Let's play a guessing a game. I'm thinking of an animal that lives in a field. You have to guess what it is." Him: several sensible attempts and then successful guess. Him: "It's my turn. It's an animal that lives in a field and its dangerous." Me: several attempts and success. It's a bull. We go back and forth. I think he's got it. Then I throw him a curve ball: "I'm thinking of an animal that lives in Africa." He tries and fails and fails again. Me: "I'll give you a clue. It is heavy and it charges and it has a horn." He gets it, a rhino. "My turn, my turn, Grandma. It lives in Africa. I'll give you a clue. It's an elephant." Me: "Is it an elephant?" Him, indignantly: "That's not fair, Grandma. You have to guess."
- Do turn up the faces of your drooping hellebores and marvel at their beauty.
- Do spend an evening with your adult children and listen to them take the mick out of each other.
- Do cook a fabulous lamb tagine.
- Do watch Rhod Gilbert trying to be a dustbin man.
- Don't watch the news. This is quite a hard one for a news junkie like me but sometimes it's a great idea to take a day or two off the relentless tide of disaster, cupidity and incompetence.
- Don't read the Daily Mail, ever.
- Don't watch any form of reality TV, even for a few minutes. Big Brother and I'm a Celebrity are obvious ones but pretty much everything in this format has been set up to be "good television" for which read strife and anguish, real or hyped.
- Don't eat the extra biscuit or the second piece of cake. You just feel fat, lacking in will power and, if its the second piece of cake, faintly sick.
- Don't finish the bottle.