Monday Morning Musings

Posted on April 20, 2020 under Monday Morning Musings with no comments yet

A wardrobe fit for a king


“I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.”
Lookin’ For Love in all the Wrong Places – Johnny Lee

It seems like we’re looking for love in all the available places these days including Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, Tik Tok, and Snapchat.

We are either on the cusp of the next great baby boom or on the verge of extinction.

Here’s a very brief primer on the baby boom for you youngsters out there. A baby boom is a period marked by a significant increase in the birth rate. In a lot of countries, the baby boom was a result of couples holding off on having children due to the Great Depression and World War 11. In the United States and Canada, among other countries, the baby boom was attributed to the number of veterans returning home after the war ended in 1945. Veterans were encouraged to get better educated, buy homes at very favorable interest rates… and make babies! (That was NOT government policy but an unintended consequence).

“I was lookin’ for love in isolation…”

Various media outlets are recording huge spikes in virtual dating. Self -isolation and social distancing are making it a bit tricky to have personal contact. What is going to happen if the “6- foot rule” becomes the norm and we can no longer hold hands, hug, kiss or cuddle? How will the species be propagated?

Safe sex has taken on a whole new meaning.

This is a very good question and one that doesn’t have an easy answer. I mean, most of us know how babies are made and I don’t think a woman can become pregnant because someone sneezed.

While pondering this weighty question, lets look at what is happening in real time.

People are meeting online. Apparently, some people are ordering the same meal and having them delivered to their respective homes so that a meal can be shared. Glasses of wine are being clinked on Iphone screens and tablets. Some are even having a movie night picking a Netflix show and hitting the start button simultaneously. They can even share a virtual hug and kiss.

But is comes back to the pressing question of how babies will be made?

I was discussing this during a “live” Facebook show the other evening. A friend cheekily suggested that now some women don’t have to use the old standard line of “I have a headache tonight, dear.” They can simply say, “If you take one step closer or lay a hand on me, buddy, I’m going to call Dr. Tam.”

Our best hope, by the way, is for a vaccine. Sorry, but I couldn’t come up with something more original.

This just in.

Queen Elizabeth takes a bath every day at the same time and like everything else in her life, it is regimented. I won’t go into the details for reasons of privacy, but I have it on good account that the bath water must be exactly 7 inches deep. (Cue the Bee Gees – How Deep is Your Bath”) Someone’s job is to take a measuring stick to make sure of the depth and also measures the water temperature. While the queen is bathing, someone is laying out her wardrobe for the day.

I’m afraid my butler would be unemployed on Day 1 if he had to minister to my needs. I have coffee and toast followed by a two- minute shower. My entire wardrobe consists of two pairs of faded jeans and three well worn t-shirts. “Mr. MacDonald. Would you like your Stanfest t-shirt or your Highland Games Volunteer t-shirt today? Will it be your five- year old Wranglers or your 7-year old Levi’s?” I have one pair of sneakers, a pair of sandals, and my only pair of dress shoes are in northern Quebec. I’m not expecting any formal invitations this summer.

However, I always have my well -worn kilt made decades ago by the late Lucy John L.

I leave you with a line from one of my all-time favourite Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young songs in these times of isolation and distancing:
“If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”

If you’re a single that might be tricky!

Have a great week.

P.S. Birthday wishes to my son, Peter. He’s a great musician, a really decent human being and a wonderful travelling companion. Hope you have a great day.


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