..it is. It’s the moon, then
Hope you had a good 4th of July.
I didn’t really. Probably one of the worst I ever had, mainly because I did a buncha things I’d been putting off for…years, really.
But around 8PM, I started feeling much better and thinking a lot clearer than I have in a while, for reasons we’ll get into a bit later, I suppose.
Billy Shakespeare wrote this play called The Taming of the Shrew* where this fella named Pete says, “Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!”
The only problem is that it’s daytime and he’s talking about the sun (just to prove a point).
So his girl Kate says, “Dude, it’s daytime. That’s the sun.”
Pete: I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
Kate: I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
Buddy: (to Kate) Just say it’s the moon or we’ll never get outta here.
Kate: (to Pete) Sun, moon, whatever. Whatever you say it is, it is.
See, Kate’s kinda a stubborn know-it-all, whereas Pete just wants them to have a happy relationship.
So Pete decides to test Kate by saying something demonstrably false, and Kate, to her credit, realizes that it doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right, as long as they have each other. So she says, essentially, “Whatever. If it makes you happy, I’ll say it and we can just move on with our lives.”
Someone once told me that I always have to be right. I don’t agree with that statement 100% but I see what they mean.
After all, what are you winning in life if you’re losing the really important stuff?
*Yes, I’m aware of the potentially misogynistic overtones of the story. But I’ve always liked this scene, where someone gives in because they know a happy relationship’s worth more. I get that. Here’s a slightly more modern – and reversed – take on the scene.
Location: surrounded by clothes, boxes, bags, and memories
Music: right now there’s a war between the vanities