Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Whirlwind + romance
Whenever I hear the word 'whirlwind', I think 'wild, crazy, wonderful, and amazingly fast'.... and I always think of the word as part of the phrase 'whirlwind romance'. I have a friend who is in the midst of such a romance. It's pretty cool and magical, even watching from the outside... I can only imagine what it's like, on the inside.
But you know me... I started wondering... what does 'whirlwind' truly mean? When you think about it, it sounds like a meteorological term.. perhaps a mini-windstorm.
Hmmm.. I think I'm sorry I asked... it rather takes all of the romance out of things. Oh dear... definitions of whirlwind include 'a violent or destructive force', and 'a confused rush'. That's not the sort of romance I would ever want, or that I'd wish on my friends.
But wait -- all is not lost.. the merriam-webster dictionary lists the following synonyms - 'blistering' (as in 'hot and heavy'), 'hot' (as in 'hot and heavy'), and breathless and dizzy. That's not too bad. Of course, it also lists 'whirlwind' as a synonym for 'whirlwind'... that one's not too helpful, but I like the others.
And while I was wandering around, I found a really cool quote from D. H. Lawrence...
"And what's romance? Usually a nice little tale where you have everything as you like it, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose, and it's always daisy-time."
Add a little hot and heavy, and a little breathless and dizzy.... and that's the sort of romance I'm thinking of. And I really like that word .... daisy-time.
So to everyone out there... young and old, single and newlywed and old married couple ....I wish you lots of daisy time.. and a good cup of tea.