It's good to have
opinions. They give us personality and identity. We just need to
balance them out. For instance, these cookies. The store we were
shopping at one day had a different brand than we had been buying, and I
thought I would like them because they were similar. I didn't. I'm
not a real picky person, but I'm glad I have opinions, and so I buythesecookies atthestore.
I was moving the pitcher, the light, and the backdrop trying to get nice highlights on the copper pitcher, without success. The thought came that it had been awhile since the pitcher was polished, so I polished it. Now it could shine.
We were watching a movie. They were showing a lot of snow.
One of us said: We can't live there.
The other one said: Why not? It's beautiful there.
One said: There's too much snow in the winter.
The other said: But I could go skiing.
One said: It's ok to ski on snow, but not live in snow.
There's definitely the right way to serve tea in Ostfriesland. The hostess adds the right amount of cream at the right time, the right way.
One day I offered a visitor a mug of tea. She was on the job and didn't have time for a proper tea party, but I tried to be proper otherwise, and added what I thought was the proper amount of cream for a mug of tea. She asked for more cream, and I was happy to oblige. I added the same dose to my tea. Traditions are nice, but what's really nice, is to enjoy tea the way we like it.
C.S. Lewis opened wonderful doors for me. The first one wasn't the door to Narnia, but was "The Great Divorce." Then I read every one of his books that I could find. Probably every other sentence I spoke referred to C.S. Lewis. After reading "The Chronicles of Narnia" I bought and restored an old wardrobe and made a lion and a witch.
That was a long time ago. I wanted to have another lion now, but I couldn't find one that was majestic and huggable until my friend and I went lion hunting in Kiel and found Hal.