Wait ’til next year

This would have been Day 1 of our Study Abroad course, if just a couple more intrepid students had signed on. We’d be in London this morning, with planned visits to Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill and Dickens’ House, beginning to immerse ourselves in the peripatetic history and culture of that storied isle, soaking up the post-Brexit chaos, anticipating an election we’re not already sick of.

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel,” said Walpole, “but a comedy to those who think.” We really need to think hard, these days.

“The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.” That’s Horace, in whose spirit Bertie Russell conquered happiness.

Walking with Dickens would have been a challenge. He went “far and fast” at all hours. “If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish.”

We can wait ’til next year, anticipation is more than half the fun. You promise you’ll still be there, right Britannia?

6 am/5:42, 72/89, 8:04

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