Life’ll Kill Ya’

Everything is dangerous. Dire consequences lurk around every corner, every decision, every smile, every footstep. I remember the very first 20 minutes of my very first college class. Mr. Michael J. Preston stood up there, a lanky red-haired man dressed in chicken-feather laden black jeans and black turtleneck, holding a cup of coffee, soon to perch on the BACK of a chair with his feet on the seat. He passionately introduced his little coven of Colorado Women’s College students to Medieval Verse Romances.

“You can’t imagine life in those days,” he said. “Everything was dangerous. The dark held mysteries and monsters you would never believe in, but these people did. Their houses were dark, except for a fire, if they were lucky. They were surrounded by forests filled with wolves and monsters. Ignorant people resort to superstition and very few were educated in those days.”

Or something like that.

Mr. Preston was my favorite teacher back in the day. Now, having read (on my own) a LOT of medieval verse romances I’m not so sure about what he said being the truth about the lives and times. Considering that they used wood with a wild abandon we can only imagine (fires, housing, sometime fences) I don’t think the forests were dark and overgrown. The air would have been pretty bad, too, with all the smoke from all the fires. I think what frightened medieval people most was Hell which they could reach through monsters, wolves and scary things in the forest.

In Scarlet Emperor Bean news (which is what everyone wants to know this fine snowy morning) 9 of the 12 have emerged and Tu Fu is already leaning toward the light. I will have to do a little work to find more Tang Dynasty poets than those I know of already. So far we have Tu Fu, Li Bai, Wang Wei, Li Ho and Bai Juyi. Maybe I’ll move forward in time and take names from the fantastic Chinese novel, Shui Hu Chuan or The Men of the Marshes. Now that I think about it, that would be fun.

12 thoughts on “Life’ll Kill Ya’

  1. Great how ya recall these seemingly mundane images of past recollections! Gifted young lady ya Are Gift πŸŽπŸŽΆπŸŽΌπŸ€·β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸ™πŸ•β™’οΈπŸ™ŒπŸ˜€

  2. After she tested me for weeks and promised more testing ahead I told a her I was terminally ill. She said what is it. I told her I had life and there was nothing she could do to save me. She threw my chart in the floor and fired me as a patient.

    • Today out with Bear I decided it’s time to rename the beans and they’re going to be characters from Shui Hu Chuan which is the most amazing book. Yes, fear is relative to the perceived danger. πŸ™‚

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