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AIBU create a little quiet corner?

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Notsogrand Wed 08-Jun-11 13:53:42

I thought I'd make just a little quiet place to sit and sing 'la la la' inside my head.
It's a special place where no-body gets hold of the wrong end of the stick and no-body feels insulted or marginalised.
La la la........

supernana Wed 08-Jun-11 16:55:05 gum...this is fun...are we open all hours? wink

nanafrancis Wed 08-Jun-11 17:10:24

Can I wrap myself in a quilt in a corner and snooze quietly?

Nine Wed 08-Jun-11 17:16:53

What's this with the virtual Notso - doncha know that there aren't any calories in shortbreads and vino in our 'Special La la place!!

Hunt Thu 09-Jun-11 09:19:07


supernana Thu 09-Jun-11 11:52:22

A poem for our quiet corner - 'You're' - written by Sylvia Plath. As we've all experienced pregnancy, I thought that this beautifully descriptive poem as told from a pregnant mother's view point, would give us time to ponder the "quietness" inside the womb.

Clownlike, happiest on your hands,
Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,
Gilled like fish. A common-sense
Thumbs-down on the dodo's mode.
Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,
Trawling your dark as owls do.
Mute as a turnip from the Fourth
Of July to All Fools' Day,
O high-riser, my little loaf.

Vague as fog and looked for like mail.
Farther off than Australia.
Bent-backed atlas, our traveled prawn.
Snug as a bud and at home
Like a sprat in a pickle jug.
A creel of eels, all ripples.
Jumpy as a Mexican bean.
Right, like a well done sum.
A clean slate, with your own face on.

Notsogrand Thu 09-Jun-11 11:58:05

That's lovely supernana, I feel quite serene now. smile

supernana Thu 09-Jun-11 12:13:06

Notsogrand...I'm delighted with your comment. My son asked me to learn and recite this poem at a special family gathering. I found it rather tricky to understand at first. However, I grew to love it and the recital went well. I particularly like the lines...

'Right, like a well done sum.
A clean slate, with your own face on.'

Every new member of a family is born with a 'clean slate'...I find that to be very comforting.

Notsogrand Thu 09-Jun-11 12:24:52

I think we all start each day with a clean slate supernana. What ever went before doesn't have to be dragged with you.
I read a poem years was about coping with the 'troubles' we face.
I don't remember it all, but there was a line 'Build for yourself a strong box' with advice to put your troubles inside the box. I've never forgotten the last line 'Then sit on the lid and laugh!'
I have many strong boxes, and I do a lot of sitting on lids and laughing.
It works. grin

Notsogrand Thu 09-Jun-11 12:28:13

Isn't Google brilliant?

A Strong Box

Build for yourself a strong box,
Fashion each part with care;
When it's strong as your hand can make it,
Put all your troubles there;
Hide there all thought of your failures,
And each bitter cup that you quaff;
Lock all your heartaches within it,
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Bertha Adams-Backus

supernana Thu 09-Jun-11 12:35:16

Notsogrand...I shall do my best to find the poem to which you refer. Yes! After I've hung out the wash and battled with the army of blood-sucking midges lurking in the greenery, I shall sit on my own imaginary 'strong box' and laugh lots and lots and lots grin

supernana Thu 09-Jun-11 12:37:42

Notsogrand - Well done, you. You beat me to it! It's a great poem. Love it smile

Grumpyoldwoman Thu 09-Jun-11 12:41:00

What a lovely thread...I was getting really relaxed and floating away on your comments, and the non-perfumed candles....................then came the usual shout ''Sue ....can you just !!!!!!!''
Oh well you can but dream !!!!
and B-R-E-A-T-H-E !!!!

supernana Thu 09-Jun-11 13:30:05

I'm so happy with our quiet corner...the low hum of pleasant, friendly banter...the cosy atmosphere against the wild wind outside the door...the clinking of glasses as we raise a glass of cheer...the rustle of chocolate wrapper...the clicking of needles...all this and still plenty of room for more...

em Thu 09-Jun-11 14:03:12

What a lovely happy place! I've discovered it just as I have to rush off but look forward to joining you this evening. Have a pleasant afternoon and chug through the chores so we can relax later.

Notsogrand Thu 09-Jun-11 14:07:24

See you later em

supernana Fri 10-Jun-11 14:27:23

I've just had a fluster-moment...couldn't find the way to our quiet corner. All's well now

Notsogrand Fri 10-Jun-11 15:04:37

Glad you found your way back for a while

supernana Fri 10-Jun-11 15:33:41

'Twas such a disappointment when I thought to myself...oh heck, the corners over-crowded, now where do I go for some pleasant banter. I always feel so tranquil

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 10-Jun-11 18:57:59

supernana - if you click on the 'I'm on' tab, it will have a lovely, reassuring list of all the threads that you've posted on, so you never need lose the quiet corner!

sprinkles Fri 10-Jun-11 21:45:27

Who said chocolates? I'm on an anti-candia diet:-(

darcy1 Fri 10-Jun-11 22:05:20

Thank-you, thank you, thank you for the lovely poem; it came at just the right moment for me when I felt overwhemed with family discord; will learn it and keep repeating it to myself .

jogginggirl Fri 10-Jun-11 22:20:12

Budge up ...........hope you've still got room for a little one......bringing my own wine........but some to share as well x

Libradi Fri 10-Jun-11 22:31:10

I'm on the Chardonnay jogginggirl I'll pour you a glass (wine)

Libradi Fri 10-Jun-11 22:32:35

Oh what am I doing wrong wine

Libradi Fri 10-Jun-11 22:33:27

Got it grin

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