Monthly Archives: July 2012

It Wasn’t Me

The Biography Channel has very serious programming.

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“I Have Plenty of Friends I Don’t Like”

I just started watching Downton Abbey (I know, late to the party much?) and I’m on episode two. The brilliant Maggie Smith (I’ve always loved her — loved her as McGonagall, loved her as Mother Superior, loved her as Granny Wendy and now love her as Violet Crawley) just delivered a brilliant, laugh-out-loud line:

Lord Grantham[About Matthew Crawley, Lord Grantham’s new heir] I thought you didn’t like him?

Lady Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess: So what? I have plenty of friends I don’t like.

I think it’s true of most of us, don’t you? Or else, it has been. I remember years ago being with my mother and my mother-in-law, telling a story about some people I went to school with. I forget the story I was telling, only that I must have been complaining about someone because eventually my mother-in-law said “I thought you two were friends?” And I responded, “Oh yeah, we’re friends. But we don’t really like each other.”

My mother-in-law, who has two sons, looked horribly confused, and my mother turned to her to explain: “This is what it’s like with daughters.”

These days I can honestly say I don’t have any friends I don’t like. While it was a joke on Downton…it wasn’t. Not really. And when I was in college there were plenty of us who were forced to interact enough that we smiled at each other, played nice, but didn’t especially consider ourselves true friends. Now it seems we’re all so busy we hardly have time to see the friends we adore, let alone waste time on the ones we secretly can’t tolerate.

But still, I laughed in recognition when that brilliant Maggie Smith delivered the line. She’s pretty awesome, no?

What about you? Admit it — haven’t you felt like Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham? Ever had friends you don’t like?

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A Word From Our Sponsor

That’s me. The sponsor, I mean.

I’m away on holiday this week (no, I’m not British, I just think “on holiday” sounds so much classier than “on vacation”) so I won’t be posting until Friday. In the meantime, a bit of MWF news to share:

MWF Seeking BFF just went to its 8th printing! If you’re looking for a fun, light summer read, pick up a copy—for you, your newest pal, or the old BFF to whom you want to send a gift “just because.” (If you’d rather a creepy, dark read—but total page-turner—might I suggest Gone Girl?) This month, Ladies Home Journal named MWF one of their favorite reads for the summer (check out other reviews here). For all of you new friends out there (if you are reading this, rest assured you are my new friend) I’d be so indebted if you might add MWF Seeking BFF to your summer reading list!

Happy 4th!

 

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