The other day the wife of my youth and I were having one those little spats that people who have been married for over 50 years are wont to have. She wanted to take a trip, and I was adamant I did not want to go. I claimed trips get on my nerves. She retorted,
“Larry the reason trips get on your nerves is because you take you along.”
The girl, though well past the half-century mark, is still too sharp for me. She condensed the wisdom of Seneca and Don Talafous to a level even a child could grasp and smile. I did not laugh or smile. I wondered where she had come across such high brow prose. I still don’t know, but it sure set me to thinking. Here’s the statement from Seneca:
The ancient Roman letter-writer Seneca answered a friend’s complaining letter thus:
"Are you surprised, that after such long travel and so many changes of scene you have not been able to shake off the gloom and heaviness of your mind? You need a change of soul rather than a change of climate. Do you ask why such flight does not help you? It is because you flee along with yourself."
“A change of soul rather than a change of climate.”
Seneca had no way of knowing that one day women would learn to read and on top of that get the vote. May God help us.
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