People are leaving out the “good”
Sometimes the boys would say “maman se paie un délire” when I got carried away in some discourse. There is a saying “il ne faut pas prendre ses désirs pour la réalité” but it can be possible to turn a “délire” into reality.
Once I had several nightmare type dreams about being deprived of a buffet. We all rolled up our sleeves, went to work and made a splendid dessert buffet to exorcise those dreams. There were 14 items on the table.
A few days ago for no reason, I felt like making a cake. I enjoyed creaming the butter and sugar, blending in the melted chocolate, scraping all the bowls and licking the beaters. I took my time, making the cake and then waiting ‘til the next day to make the cream filling and the frosting. Then we had cake for quatr’heure, cake for supper, I savoured the thought of the cake that was waiting during the night and even had cake for breakfast. Am I bordering on immoderation?
These days I often hear people say or see them write “all things in moderation” but that is not the saying. The saying is “all good things in moderation”. Is it good to have just a little bit of lying, only a few thefts, not too many murders, a moderate war? I don’t think so. With the good things, it can be hard to determine the middle path, the point at which one is no longer moderate but has fallen into an extreme. The middle path, that narrow way, does have a certain width.
I had some more ideas about patience, perseverance, choosing virtue, but their link with the cake has escaped me, washed away with a cup of tea perhaps. I am nevertheless glad there is some cake left for lunch.