Vicissitudes of life
Saturday, May 29, 2010
I always liked that word - vicissitudes. Ups and downs of life. Alternations, changes. Life as a roller coaster. And vicissitudes rarely come in the singular form - because they are the ups and downs, they come in sets.
Vicissitudes just sounds like such a nice, fancy, expensive, super-educated way of talking about life's ups and downs. Which of course makes it sound less down, LOL. I mean, if you went to HA-vahd or Oxford or something, how down could life be? Although when I told DH I liked the word "vicissitudes" he thought it only meant the downs - not the ups - I had to look it up to show him. He's like that - he's the down, slightly depressed one in the family. I'm the everlastingly-cheerful one. (The cat is our emotionless Vulcan, LOL)
I have no brilliant insights into the vicissitudes of life today - I'm tired, it's pouring rain out, there's been thunder and lightning, and the internet goes off when it gets too foggy. But we're snug and warm, we have food in the fridge, and I just bought a book I'd like to start reading and read all weekend.
I guess those are all part of the vicissitudes of life too.