Monday, February 18, 2008

Of Mice and Men.....

This weekend was eventful in many ways ALL "good" though.

We had several things "come up" thus changing other "plans" we had made along the way.
It happens that way sometimes.

I tried to comfort my husband with this quote on our way somewhere Saturday afternoon.

"The best laid schemes of Mice and Men oft go awry."

My good friend Diane, who also was my boss at the time......would always quote this saying to me when we would have made a "plan" for the day or the week or whatever only to have it dashed to the ground with one simple phone call from her boss.

It would seen that our best "plans" would suddenly "fall to pieces."

We would then fly into what I liked to call our "Triage" mode and we would quickly "re-scheme" our plans.

That particular line hails from this poem:

The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)
Robert Burns, To a Mouse (Poem, November, 1785)
Scottish national poet (1759 - 1796)

Sigh, oh to be a cute little mouse.
Well, UNLESS you were a cute little mouse in a house full of mouse traps.


Alice said...

While I knew the one line, I'd never read the whole poem or even knew who wrote it. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Shari said...

I think if I used that line on my husband he would look at me like I'm off my rocker. He's already wondering what's happening to me. (I'm getting close to 40, that's what.) Also, I'm thinking about doing an Encouragement Challenge. We're suppose to be encouraging and say nothing negative to our husbands for 30 days. He's really going to wonder what's gotten into me.

Denise said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog.. I am not too discouraged but some days depression wants to raise its ugly head......... but i work at not letting it get to me.. today is a new day and I am off for my first shot......hope it helps and I can get back to walking.......

:) happy hugsx0x0x0x00x

SweetAnnee said...

Tis so true
and something I say

Plan , but be ready to
go awry!!

Hoping today is full of blessings!!

HerstoryGirl said...

I like this one, too:


From Psalms 30:10
"The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates
the plans of the peoples."

Great post!
Summer =)

Barbara said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting. It's nice to meet you. I have scrolled through some of your posts and willcome back as it looks like you have an interesting blog.
Thank you so much for your lovely and encouraging comments.
My time in South Loiuisiana took me to Lake Charles and New Orleans.