Which Past Event Would You Choose To Have Been At?
We were watching TV the other day. To be honest, I was half-asleep. It was Downton Abbey, again ... For those who do not know this, it is a sleep inducing TV drama which for some reason goes on and on and on and is also often repeated to go on and on and on even more.
Anyway, in my semi-sleep I heard someone say, "What a wonderful house and setting, I wish I was there when it all happened." In vino veritas!
Someone else said, "Yeh ... me too ... I also wish I was there when Shakespeare was alive." In vino stupidity!
Before you knew it, everyone was relating what period in history, or even in the future like in Star Trek and Jean-Luc Picard, they would wish to have been in.
This actually set me thinking. I do that sometimes, especially when people interrupt my sleeping. What period in history, past or future, would I wish to have been at and witnessed, or even perhaps contributed to?
There are quite a few ...
For example, I wish I was in the kitchen last week when I burnt all the food whilst I was out in the hall answering the damn phone! Why do people insist on phoning me when I am busy doing something else? I have now even taken a phone with me in the shower. Do you realise how hot it is when you accidentally pick up the shower head by mistake and put it to your ear instead of the ringing phone?
I also wish I was there when the mother-in-law packs her bags and finally leaves from her ever lasting visits. Sadly, this never happens. She stays for ever, and eventually leaves when I am at work thus denying me that moment of elation and ecstasy and euphoria.
I also would have liked to be present when that meteor struck the earth and killed all the dinosaurs. I would have told them not to stand all in the same place. Can you imagine what it would have been like had some of them survived. You'd be driving down the road and a dinosaur would block your way; just like being behind a caravan or motor-home.
Or can you imagine being there when David fought Goliath? I would have put a bet on David to win and made a fortune that day. Although, knowing my luck, Goliath would have worn a helmet and not be knocked out by a few pebbles.
But I tell you what is the best event I would have wished to attend. It's the time when Pythagoras, he the man who said the square on the hippopotamus is equal to the other two squares on the other side of the rhinoceros - anyway ... I would have liked to have attended one of those lectures by Pythagoras on re-incarnation. He believed that when we die we come back in the body of someone or something else, like a dog, a cat or even a tree. If you have been naughty in this life you would come back as the worst thing of all ... a woman! I would like to have taken my mother-in-law to this lecture and asked Pythagoras to explain his theory to her. That would have been great fun. Don't you think?
How about you? What past event would you choose to have been at or seen?