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Wallowed in several pasts

Reading about the evacuation of Dunkirk--not something I know much about. My first thought is 'What would Captain Pellew think?'

I don't really know much about WWII. And for years I could not bear to read about ships in peril. It always seems to be engine room crew that got hurt first. And even when I knew he was safely tootling through the ocean, I just couldn't put my mind there. No Titanic, no shipwrecks, no Indianapolis, no thanks.

Now husband is safe ashore. I can read about heroes with less trepidation.

He is having a good time with organic chem. He is struggling with Diff Eq. He is tired. Tonight, as he does every night he came home and unpacked his work bag, he likes to come in and read the mail and pat the dog, he has a little routine. And is one of those 'place for everything' people. (I am not-- it is well known that people who have a place for everything marry strewers like me. I suppose it results in hybrid vigor or something.) So I was rather surprised to find his notebook and school papers in the refrig tonight. maybe  Maybe there is some good reason for it. They will come to no harm, and be nicely chilled by morning.


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Oct. 4th, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
This is an adorable story. Reminded me of the time I opened the fridge in the morning and there was a cat.

Same cat ran out of the door today and tried to get on the elevator with a bunch of people. It's the little things, I swear.

We're going to do coffee at some point, right? 'Cause New Yorkers have to stick together. (In the subway in summer, particularly).
Oct. 5th, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I would love to get coffee. Just email me whenever you want.
Oct. 10th, 2013 07:01 am (UTC)
Hurrah! Back next week from CA and hope to spend some time doing fangirl things. I think I deserve it.
Oct. 10th, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Email me when you get back, and I will send you my phone #
Oct. 4th, 2013 08:44 am (UTC)
My first thought is 'What would Captain Pellew think?'
I suspect Ned would have highly approved of the Dunkirk evacuation and would have been right there in the thick of it organising the boats! I know what you mean about shipwrecks, even though none of my recent family have been to sea, I spent long enough growing up in an island to appreciate the dangers of the sea. When we were down at the Isle of Whithorn this weekend we saw several memorials to the Solway Harvester. I had to look away.

I hope husband's notes are nicely chilled this morning!
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:35 pm (UTC)
Like Admiral Pliny. I don't think sea captains have changed much over time.

And places where ships can go are limited the same way. Even now you are limited by tide and the shape of harbors. When husband was on the Kennedy he was always pulling into Marseilles. Not the most pretty of French cities. (He described it to me as 'Detroit by the sea') But it has a nice deep harbor.
Oct. 4th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
the trouble with the Dunquerque evacuation is that the reality was a shambles but the romanticisation that grew from the 'brave little England' mythology made it necessary. what is often forgotten is how many didn't make it to the other side of the Channel - and how many allies were dumped. that said - a still charming and evocative story of the evacuation is Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose; the book is excellent and Jenny Agtter's acting in the movie version brings tears to my eyes even without seeing it.
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
The book I am reading now describes it as really desperate and messy, with people left behind, and boats nearly swamped. Scarey.
Oct. 4th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'm amused by papers being 'nicely chilled' by morning!! I'm a 'strewer' by nature, though over the years I have gotten better, just to avoid the last minute panic of; "The clock is ticking and I have to leave NOW and WHERE the HELL did I put my keys??!!!!
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
They are gone this am. So is he-- so I cannot ask what he was thinking until tonight.
Oct. 4th, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)
Have you read The Charioteer? Dunkirk always makes me think of that.
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
I have not read it. I went through a Mary Renault obsessive phase in my teens, (as you do,) but did not read that one. I am always meaning to go back and do it.
Oct. 4th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC)
You'll love it. You'll love Laurie, particularly. :)
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
As a strewer, do you have a harder time finding things? I like knowing that if I need a can opener, it will always be in this drawer, and if I need an extension cord, it will always be on that shelf. If you woke me up from a deep sleep and demanded I find the vacuum cleaner bags, I could locate them without hesitation and in the dark. It would stress me out if I didn't know where things were! (Which is silly, really. I have no idea why I need to have everything in the "right" place.)
Oct. 4th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. I have a terrible time finding things. And other people have trouble knowing where I would have put anything.

I am not advocating the strewer lifestyle. I am just observing that tidy people and strewers tend to pair off.
Oct. 4th, 2013 04:16 pm (UTC)
The hybrid vigor line did make me laugh!
Oct. 5th, 2013 10:14 am (UTC)
I am a would - be tidy person somehow blended with a strewer -or at least when I am writing and so on . And soon I Am going to have to be somewehre smaller so I shall have to be neater !
On the Indy there was little room for strewing - other than Ned who had 10 times as much strewing room as everyone else.
Think Ned would have been right in there directing operations - possibly with less mess had he been in charge but overwhelmnly focussed on saving life .
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