Sunday, November 12, 2006

Pondering the deep and meaningfuls

Photo by Deirdre: white roses against a blue sky
Question: Is it possible to stop and smell the roses without thinking of "stop and smell the roses"**?

Answer: No.

**I tried to be clever and find the origin of this phrase, but can't. According to The Phrase Finder, its modern use probably follows the release of Ringo Starr's album of the same name in 1981, featuring a song of seriously weird lyrics written by Harry Nilsson and Richard Starkey, Stop and take the time to smell the roses:
Stop and take the time to stop that smoking,
Stop, before the light turns green.
You won't be blue.
Stop, in the name of the law!