Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Real Thing (or not)

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln, American president (1809–1865)

Someone brought soft drinks as a treat for this morning's "second breakfast" at the excavation. At first I thought I was being offered Coca-Cola; declining in favour of tea, I happened to take a second look and found it was not in fact "The Real Thing" but a local knock-off called Lina-Cola (note that it is a "Registered Trademark"). I have it on good authority that it doesn't taste very good so the moral of the story is: keep with what's real.

In my world, the baby donkey and his friend the egret are real. They live just to the south of me.

And although it may seem unreal, the afterglow of an Egyptian sunset is very real. I'm thankful for my reality. I'm blessed. Ilhumdulila!

1 comment:

John said...

Coca-Cola had a reputation for being an excellent agent for releasing rusty nuts and bolts - on account of its phosphoric acid content.
Maybe the original product has become a little less 'agressive' but your local brew may still be a useful engineering aid...