Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

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Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Make Yourself A Perfect Past

Penned upon the 8th of July, 2010

Last month saw the first anniversary of my and Ms Merah’s wedding, and I’ve been pulling together my thoughts and figuring out what to write about it. Actually, it’s not so much what to write as how to write it. My feelings on the matter are entirely unambiguous – it’s simply a matter of expressing them without seeming to boast, or gloat! After all, not everyone is as lucky as me – and, not wanting to bring politics into an apolitical post, not everyone can even have their marriages legally recognised. But, then, I thought, marriage – the ceremonialisation of love – is, alongside those of birth and death, as old as the hills, and will long outlast our short-sighted republics.

So, all that aside, I try to compose my thoughts and define the year’s experiences. Ms Merah is an extraordinary individual – staggeringly intelligent, good and kind, and simply unlike anyone else I’ve ever met in ways I couldn’t even describe. Being together never fails to make me happy. She has inspired me and enlightened me. I would not, could not, have achieved half of what I have, physically or spiritually, without her, and it has given me great joy to, I hope, provide the same in return. In short, loving her has redefined me as a person – as part of a shared, expanded experience, without wanting to waffle philosophically.

For all of those readers who aren’t my wife – hello to both of you – let this post serve to let you know that, whatever else may happen, I have what I need most in life, and precisely the sort of solid foundation for precisely the breed of adventures which make good FrillyShirt content. And very possibly also the bread of adventures; also known as the Sourdough of the Ages, thought lost in the taiga of British Columbia. (See? Stories!) So, thank you, Ms Merah, and thank all of you at home for reading.

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Commentary upon “Make Yourself A Perfect Past”

  1. The Notorious L.Y.N.Z. was heard to remark,

    Upon the 9th of July, 2010 at 8:53 am,

    Awww you guyses :D

    Ms Merah’s most outstanding quality to me is that she never makes one feel inferior, dim and bushpiglike in her presence! Both of you make me feel privileged to know you and be counted amongst your friends. The collective You has a welcoming aura that is so warm and sharing, I remember at your wedding feeling lucky to be warming my hands at your fire, so to speak. And y’know, nauseating happiness and all that harhar.

    Whim had a suggestion that he and Aris, yourself and Ms Merah plus myself and Jimmy Dean might have a wee gathering at theirs, would you guys be up for that? Still in casual suggestion phase, no idea for dates yet.

  2. Nathan was heard to remark,

    Upon the 9th of July, 2010 at 11:22 am,

    Doing anything interesting for your anniversary?

  3. Sir Frederick Chook was heard to remark,

    Upon the 9th of July, 2010 at 6:47 pm,

    Lynz – you’re far too sweet! And that sounds like a superlative gathering – I’m all for it, for one!

    Nathan – on the weekend itself, we did a day in Yarra Glen – delicious food and antiques – then our favourite Thai place for dinner. Later this month, we’re heading up to Beechworth.

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