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November 20, 2006

Lazing the Day Away

I lied earlier when I said that I had work to do. Rather, I didn't lie about having work to do, but I lied about my intention to do the work. Okay, that wasn't so much of a lie either; I intended to work, and I did some work, but then I stopped. Now I'm just lazing, and it is a rather nice day to laze, as the sun is streaming in through my new sheer purple curtains, and I feel like a cat just stretching out in the warmth.

To laze is a rather odd verb, a verb that is not an action. According to my American Heritage Dictionary (the big one, not the college edition or the backpack-sized edition, both of which I also own), to laze means "to spend (time) loafing," and to loaf means "to pass time at leisure; idle." To idle means "to pass time without working or while avoiding work; to waste."

The value judgments embedded in those three definitions demonstrate that English is clearly the language of a people stricken by the Protestant ethic. Instead of feeling guilty about my idleness today, however, I have whiled away my time reading Brenda Ueland's If You Want to Write, which praises idleness as the food of the soul and creative spirit. She calls it "moodling about." I have to admit that I didn't think I would like this book, given that it was first published in 1938, and I have little patience for the out-of-date (again, why did I ever go into history?), but her words are still as true today as they must have been back then.

And now, with a clear conscience, back to my lazy ways.

Posted by eklanche at November 20, 2006 01:08 PM

Comments

Hey there,

I recently stumbled across your blog during my weekly read of Janet's blog. Your way of writing reminds me so much of my own and makes me miss writing. I used to write everday, whether a poem, essay, or short story, but haven't much been in the mood as of late. Anyway, I would love to borrow Ueland's book when you are finished with it. Knit with you soon. --Pamela

Posted by: plbrown at November 20, 2006 02:07 PM

Hey there,

I recently stumbled across your blog during my weekly read of Janet's blog. Your way of writing reminds me so much of my own and makes me miss writing. I used to write everday, whether a poem, essay, or short story, but haven't much been in the mood as of late. Anyway, I would love to borrow Ueland's book when you are finished with it. Knit with you soon. --Pamela

Posted by: plbrown at November 20, 2006 02:07 PM

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