Monday, April 30, 2012

Things that are good to have and days that are good to spend

A wise old hobbit once said “Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.”[1] When things go well and fun, telling about them is boring; things that don’t go well or aren’t pleasant are what we like to hear.

And there’s my excuse for not posting any blog posts for the past week while I’ve been in Ghana. Everything has gone exceptionally well so far and has been incredibly fun. Nothing uncomfortable, palpitating, or even gruesome to report here.

Despite this apparent lack of excitement, I really will start posting pictures and stories in the coming hours. We’re heading off to an expat American family’s house for family home evening later, I’ll be writing like crazy once I get back. Then you can all bore yourselves with my “things that are good to have” and “days that are good to spend.” :)

Update: Apparently some have taken this quote to mean that it's been boring in Ghana. Not at all, my friends. :) It's just that everything has been normal, good, fun, and exciting, but not palpitating or gruesome (nobody's gotten incredibly sick, we haven't been robbed (knock on wood), etc.). All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth…

  1. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, (New York: Ballantine Books/Del Ray, 1937), 51. ↩

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