In which I discover how to live with the doom and gloom and gray

by Lorin Michel Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:12 PM

It’s a gray day here. The sky is filled with heavy clouds, white on top and darkening beneath. A soft, cool wind blows. The temperature has hovered around 70º since late morning though it feels colder. Strange to think that just a week ago we were complaining of triple digits. I’ve been in sweatpants, a long sleeve denim shirt and slippers all day and I’ve been almost chilly. The gloominess of the day is pervasive and as much as I love the change in the weather, I have to admit it has also added to my overall doom and gloom mood, a mood I’ve been fighting for several days now.

This type of mood is not one I’m used to. I have bad days like everyone. I have anxiety, I get worried. But I err on the side of happy. Maybe it’s the weather; maybe it’s the news (which, curiously, is what led me to start this blog to begin with). Whatever it is, I decided to consult one of my favorite gloomologists from childhood and through this day: Eeyore

“Good morning, Eeyore,” said Pooh.
“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily. “If it is a good morning, which I doubt,” said he.
“Why, what’s the matter?”
“Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.”
“Can’t all what?” said, Pooh, rubbing his nose.
“Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush.”

Eeyore, as you may know, is an old gray donkey stuffed with sawdust. He was introduced in the A. A. Milne book Winnie-The-Pooh, published on October 14, 1926, making his first appearance in chapter four. He stood “by himself in a thistly corner of the forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things.” I always liked that about Eeyore.

Eeyore is 18 inches tall and 27 inches long, with a tail, attached with a pin, that sports a light pink bow. He lives in the southeast corner of the 100 Acre Wood where he eats mostly thistles. He loves pots and red balloons, and his friend Pooh and Pooh’s friend Piglet. Made on May 10, 1871, Eeyore loves birthday cake but does not like being bounced, nor does he like swimming. He loses his tail a lot and his house keeps falling down. He’s very smart and loves to pass along his insight but in a decidedly gloomy way.

One of my favorite bits of wisdom by my favorite gloomer is this:
“This writing business. Pencils and what-not. Over-rated, if you ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in it.”

Because of Eeyore’s wisdom, I have been able to laugh through most days because no matter how bad things get, no matter the doom and gloom of the day’s news, no matter the dreariness of the weather or the polls, no matter the bags under my eyes or the tired in my soul, no matter my lack of humor or celebratory spirit, I always feel better when I visit my friend at Eeyore’s Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad.

You see, Eeyore has very little expectations. And his biggest problem is his tail falling off. All of his friends – Pooh, Piglet, and Christopher Robin – work to reattach it, even though Owl once mistook it for being a bell-pull and hung it outside his house. If my biggest problem was my tail falling off, I would probably be just fine with that.

Eeyore seeing the world as gray helps me to see the world as less gray. I look outside and the gathering clouds have parted. The air is still cool, but the doom and gloom is dissipating.

“It’s snowing still,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“So it is.”
“And freezing?”
“Is it?”
“Yes,” said Eeyore. “However,” he said, brightening up a little, “we haven’t had an earthquake lately.”

Everything might be OK after all. 

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Comments (2) -

10/11/2012 6:20:41 AM #

Lorin, sorry you're feeling gloomy and gray. My suggestion, get on you-tube and type in "Jim Breuer" and proceed to laugh your tail off ! Smile  Smile  Smile

Larissa United States

10/11/2012 8:18:19 PM #

I know why you're gloomy. You know why you're gloomy. Your work colleague and Fritini friends are unavailable!

So, tomorrow, you'll have a nice night watching Schindler's List, and next Fritini the gaiety begins again.

Bobbi United States

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