Thanks for popping in. Just a quickie. We took the bus to Brighton and back today. Blue skies, lovely last minute shopping in the Lanes. It was busy but brilliant.
As was yesterday evening, when we spent a rre evening in the company of Sir Ian McKellen. What a stupendous performance! He was incredible! We laughed, we cheered, we sang, we cried, we yelled – he had us right there, in the palm of his hand. What a funny man, too. And I learnt so much! About other actors, about the works of Shakespeare – just such an inspirational, informative evening!
“The world is your oyster”.
My dad used to say that to me often when I was a kid. I never thought to ask where the saying came from, nor did I ever think to look it up. But last night, Sir Ian dipped into The Merry Wives of Windsor, so to speak – and there it was! Who knew that it comes from Shakespeare! Not I !!!
Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.
Pistol: Why then the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.
Falstaff: Not a penny.
I came away full of O level and A level memories, of Stratford-on-Avon excursions, of a past life when literature was my passion, my drug of choice – and full of the motivation to go back and read Shakespeareall over again. He reminded me of so much which wasn’t forgotten, just idling somewhere backstage in my mind.
What a great stamp too! The World is Your Oyster. Such a lovely, uplifting way to give a person wings. Thanks, Dad.
I think I shall start with “The Winter’s Tale” That one has haunted me since I was 17. About time I called it back into the frame and looked at it again, but with my 60 year old hat on. Yes. Let’s do that Gray…
What about you? Did you read Shakepeare? What was your favourite? Got any quotes which would make a great stamp?
Do you know what else really impacted me whilst watching and listening to this man of 80? Age Vs Aging. I have been struggling with this whole aging thing since I turned 60 – I honestly have. It’s as if suddenly I am going to run out of time before I am finished with whatever I am supposed to be here to do! Baffling attitude really, but there you have it. This man was so agile, so fit, so lucid, so handsome, so brilliant though! And my mindset regarding aging was altered. He gave me huge hope that there’s loads more time.
The world is STILL my Oyster.
Love & Hugs,