It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way ...
Now come on! Does reading this make you want to do a happy dance? Did anyone smile when they read that? What were you thinking when you came up with that topic, Jane?
And, just as I thought, even though this is supposed to be Makes-Me-Smile Monday, this topic is not only bleak! it's going to require me to think - and on a MONDAY, no less! I feel as though I were back in school and I had a book report due, and I had failed to finish the book!
Okay, so what can I say about this... The first time I encountered these words, I believe it was in junior-high school English, and I'm sure that I had to write up some sort of paper. Being so young, do you think I caught the irony of the piece? Probably not. Back then I was more interested in talking with my friends on my new princess phone, because you know it was so much more important to know who had the latest crush on whom! I certainly didn't want to read something so dark and dreary...School, however, was one of those times that was "the best of times and the worst of times." Looking back, I would say that I had some good times, but while I was in it, I would have told you, "Life sucks," except that wasn't an expression that we used in the dinosaur era.