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In The Words Of The Bard, Sometimes Lifeth Sucketh

Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.

The Tempest, Act 2, Scene I

The Tempest

According to Wikipedia, the contemporary definition of the line what’s past is prologue is that history influences and sets the context for the present. However at the time, Shakespeare meant that the past had led two men to the act of murder they were about to commit. They were destined to do it.

I don’t believe in destiny. I do believe, though, that our past sets the context for the present. The things we experience, even indirectly, guide us to where we are today, at this very moment. But what we do next isn’t preordained. It’s a choice. Although, I think the reason we choose one path over another is also influenced by our history.

When I started this post nearly two hours ago, I had a direction I wanted to go in and now I’m not quite sure how to get there. I guess I’ll just spit it out. Thursday evening I got some pretty bad health news about someone very dear to me. I’m not going to go into details, but it is serious and potentially fatal. Suffice it to say that I’ve been trying to wrap my head around it ever since.

That’s the reason why CheesyMike has been playing hostess and wearing his prettiest frock. He very kindly agreed to step in for me. I would tell him how wonderful he is and how much I appreciate his help, except that I’m quite vexed about his ability to carry off a yellow sequined, strapless gown with such aplomb.

Now that I’ve hopefully distracted you with that image, I’ll quickly slide in the fact that I won’t be able to visit everyone and comment as much as I normally would. I may not even be able to post every day and will have to count on CheesyMike to fill in for me from time to time. Just don’t say anything to him about it, okay? I haven’t really had a chance to tell him yet that he may have to break out his little red backless number.

In the meantime, I hope you will all continue to participate and be the wonderfully supportive folks that you always are.

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Welcome to Day 16 of the Second Third Annual 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing. Today’s prompt was Shakespearean English and it was brought to you by Pulitzer prize winner and International Hopscotch Competition gold medalist, Nicky Eff… damneth, thateth wouldeth be me-eth. Please click on the links below to visit the other people participating in this challenge. And notice how that is not a question.

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  • Cadeaux

    Sorry to hear that, Nicky. Prayers and good thoughts of you and your loved one are being sent out.

    I just noticed we both used the word “sucketh” – but yours is much, much sadder. 🙁

    Praying and hoping for the best.

  • Sorry about your news. Do what you gotta do.And take as long as you need. We’ll still be here. Although I think you’d look better than Mike in that red backless number. Sorry Mike.

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  • ReformingGeek

    Oh ugheth. Life can certainly sucketh sometimes. Peace and blessings – will be thinking about you.

  • Oh honey, I’m so sorry to hear this. I really hope things will turn out okay. You’re in my thoughts, gorgeous. xoxox

  • My prayers go out to you and your cherished loved one.

  • So sorry to hear such sad news. Know that we will be here, thinking about you.

  • Nicky, I am so sorry. Everything fades into the background when we get the shock of stunning bad news. I really hope it’s not as bad as it seems, but we just never really know what’s ahead of us.

  • frankleemeidere

    Here’s hoping it’s not as bad as it seems. I know it sounds out of character, but I’ll keep you in my prayers.

  • Don’t worry about the internet… this is just the internet. BUT.. .we are real people who have connected with you, and in that, know we all are thinking of you and hoping for the very best outcome. Take all the time you need and do what you have to do. We are always here… sending out nothing but good wishes for you. XXOO

  • I’m so very sorry, Nicky. Sending healing thoughts to you and your loved one.

  • Sorry to hear about your loved one. Sending my best wishes for healing your way.

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    Well, this news sucks.

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  • KZ

    All I can say is, i hope things turn out for the best. We’re all behind you, Nicky. Remember that.

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