I have been doing some relocating lately, which largely explains my absence from this blog in a while.
Rather fortuitously, I ended up in a city well known for its high content of sailors :-)
I happen to be a fan of sailors. But I do solemnly swear that my relocation to sailor-city was purely accidental :-)
Not at all of my own doing, except that rejection of all other choices may have had something to do with it :-)
As it happens, I now have military personnel as colleagues. And increasingly, so are the clients or their families.
I seem to have come full circle from this era.
But not everyone is a fan of sailors, for some reason.
A delightful 75 year old lady I was talking to (during the course of my work) demonstrates this anti-sailor message quite vividly.
I needed to check up on her lifestyle.
To the question 'do you smoke?' she replied with a mischievous smile:
"I was told by my mother when I was young to avoid three things in life", she said.
"Don't smoke, don't drink, and stay away from the sailors!"
To my "but I am only in this city because I heard there were sailors here!" she gave a naughty grin and shook her head in mock shock :-)
But she was clearly the naughty type :-)
She had married a Naval Officer, lol. So, which part of 'stay away from sailors!' had she not understood, I ponder to this day :-)
Interestingly, she had indeed never smoked nor so much as sipped alcohol in her entire life.
But them sailors, ay, ay, couldn't avoid them :-)
Do sailors have the best Game, I wonder?
My encounter with that woman made me think for days about what's missing in today's womanhood.
Clearly, this woman's mother was passing on Girl Game to her daughter.
'Avoiding sailors' was just a euphemism for 'Be a good girl'.
And I am sure that she was a good girl, despite eventually marrying a sailor ;-)
Why is Girl Game not being successfully transmitted between generations in today's SMP?
Is it that....
1. Mothers are not passing this message on. If this is the case, why not?
2. Daughters are not listening. If this is the case, why not?
3. Daughters are listening but not hearing the nessage. If this is the case, what is causing this selective deafness? Do we need government-funded hearing aids for girls ala Sandra Fluke?
4. None of the above. If this is the case, what is the problem?
5. All of the above, and then some.
I am curious.
The above lady has grandchildren. But something tells me they may not be like her.
So, is it her fault or does the fault lie somewhere else?
There is no doubt that there is a fault somewhere...
Wouldn't it be nice to identify the source of the stench....
Please help me out :-)
In other news, there is one sailor I could never stay away from...
But that's OK, (at least that's what my hamster says) he's everyone's favourite sailor :-)