Monday, 18 July 2016

Meme

I've only just learned what a meme is .
On facebook you are often bombarded with these little snippets of nothing .
They seem to be always sent by people who don't generally write down their own thoughts.
I'm always writing down my own thoughts.
Too much too often some people say.
I saw this meme last night and over morning coffee I mused over who I would pick.



My beloved grandparents? My father , my mother ?
Someone famous from cinema or the arts ? Someone fantastic person from history?
A life saving scientist perhaps
Every person I mused about, I found a reason not to choose.

Then I had it. Who would I want to sit on a bench with. For one hour?
An hour of companionship .
An hour of peace.....
An hour of no explainations, no catch up sharing, no complications caused by the passing of time
I knew exactly who I would pick

I would pick my first dog Finlay




58 comments:

  1. I would pick the prophet Muhammad. I would ask him about The Islamic State and all the unhappiness and killing that his been caused in his name. Then I could fill him in on Hull City's recent history and issues caused by the "leave" vote in our recent referendum. After our hour long chat we would retire to "The Saracen's Head" for a pint or two. I might buy him a classic burger and wish him well for his return to the seventh century.

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    1. Sadly it is not only Islam that is responsible historically for wreaking havoc.

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    2. Interesting.

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  2. John, your choice brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine a better companion than a beloved animal.

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  3. Perfect. Lump in throat kind of choice.

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  4. And the words of Finlay would be so much more worthy than so many/most of the humans I can think of right now.

    I would love to hear stories from my mother in law. I would like to ask her just how it felt to be so young, not quite a teenager when her parents sent her brother to Israel, the other brother to South America and sent her to New New York City. They didn't speak English, only Russian and Yiddish. They knew no one in the lands that they were sent to .. they were in their 80s when they got to see each other again.
    there are books and books of stories there to be told.

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  5. It would be my mom. I would just like to hold her hand one more time.

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  6. My father and tell him about me as a grown up. Or just hold hands; that would probably be enough.

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  7. My sister? My mother-in-law? My father? My father's father? My friend Joan? I want one person a day for a week. As long as we're fantasizing.

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  8. John, this brought tears to my eyes as I thought of all my old dogs that have long gone to that doggy heaven in the sky. What would I give to sit for an hour with any one of them.

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  9. I prefer to read people's own, original thoughts on Facebook. That aside I would sit with my old Airedale, Daisy. She always listened to me intently and never answered back.

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  10. I would pick a better bench! But seriously, a dog would indeed be an ideal choice. I might pick my childhood dog Herman. I'd definitely rather sit with a dog than any human.

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  11. John you really know how to push the 'teary eyed'button.
    As for me and the bench? well just like YP I would choose God..and get him to explain it all to me.

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  12. Family wise I would pick my Granny and Granddad. I missed so much time with them. And my uncle Steve, bless him.

    If I could sit with a pet it would be with Gracie and Mooch. I would sniff their paws again which always smelled like newly mown grass.

    Celebrity/Historical person I would want to sit with President Obama because I think he is one of the best people of my time.

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  13. Well.... I sat and 'mused' about this myself for a bit and it surprised me that i too chose a dog. My rottweiler Morgan who has been gone many years now. I thought of everyone like you and after a bit tossed their name out until i came to morgan....And gosh i miss her companionship...I could tell her anything and it would stay with her but it would get it off my chest. She was great for a hug or to lean on... Yes, i would pick Morgan to sit with for an hour on the bench. I'd even bring her an ice cream cone. Hugs! deb

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  14. My late mum and dad and beloved canine pals who are now in doggy heaven. Not forgetting some great sport and music stars like George Best and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy). I saw both of them live.

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  15. I believe I would send out an open invitation and see who showed up.

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  16. I like your choice and might also pick my first dog, Lady....

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  17. My Paternal Grandmother who I never met without a shadow of doubt. She died when my Dad was in his teens, he is in his 70's now, and still cant talk about her without a tear...

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  18. I'm sure Ellen DeGeneres would be sparkling and amusing company.

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  19. Yes, I think I'd go for my first dog, Sultan. He was a character.

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  20. After much thought, and deciding I couldn't choose between my parents or maternal grandparents, I chose my long gone black cat, Pepper.
    Cuddling Pepper and hearing her purr (she had an astonishingly loud purr, our vet said she sounded like a motor running) would make me forget the ills of the world for an hour!
    Plus I'd love to be able to kiss her little pink foot pads again. X

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  21. I love your choice, but I would want to talk to my maternal great grandmother. I'd ask her what her first husband was like. He's my real relation as the father of my grandfather. My great grandmother lost him and two infant sons in a 2 month period. There must have been something going around at that time. Another child, a daughter, was lost in a bonfire. I have failed to find anything about her life or tragic death. Living in Michigan, she married a coal miner who lived in Plymouth, PA. hence my grandfather changed his last name to his. How did they ever meet and get to know each other living hundreds of miles apart? She died of gall bladder cancer per the COD. She went on to have 5 more children with her 2nd husband. They were tough back then, although a lot of us are pretty darned tough today, too.

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  22. I'd like to sit with my teenage self please x

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    1. Oh that is a good one . Me too ! I would tell me that everything was going to be fine, even better than fine, just wait and see. And don't be afraid to say No.

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  23. I'd choose God. Only I think we would be there more than an hour with all the questions I have. Next would be my Father, who I never really knew as he left us when I was very young. I believe I have his sense of humor and adventure and it would be wonderful to compare stories.

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  24. eleanor roosevelt.
    a good friend who died in 2003.

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  25. There are a couple of great-grandparents I would like to get to know, My mother's maternal grandmother, my father's material grandfather. There are a couple of family mysteries that could be solved.

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  26. James May probably. Seems the kind of bloke I'd enjoy a good chinwag with over a couple of pints - assuming the bench is outside the pub of course.

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    1. On second thoughts, perhaps the Dalai Lama.

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    2. My husband met him:)

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  27. Sad to say but I would like to go back to my 20-something self and talk myself out of marrying the guy I did. Would have saved many tears. But I quite like this Pope. I'm not Catholic but I would like to talk to this man, who I feel is probably a very decent and good man. Anna

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    1. Yes. I wish I could do the same. But then, my children would not have been born. On second thoughts...

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  28. I would love to spend one more time with my Mum.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  29. My dear departed Dad, no question. Don't think an hour would be long enough though.

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  30. I'd talk with myself... or chase myself around the park bench, kicking myself in the arse.

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  31. I finally found someone else who didn't know what a meme was....still don't, because I prefer my thoughts to "sound bites". Remember those? I think I'd have to sit with dad and tell him all the secrets my mom threatened to kill me if I ever told, then say "Go get her, dad."

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  32. it would be my mom. she died when i was a little girl.

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  33. My sister. she died in 1973 when I was 10. I miss her still. x

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    1. She was 17 1/2. and severely disabled.

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  34. My mum in law who is currently in hospital following a triple heart by-pass. She is in a medically induced coma and it is bloody difficult to deal with. I'd just say " Come on Val, get your lazy arse into gear, We NEED you". Then wait for a grin, an open eye and a sweary retort. Please.

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  35. My mother. I miss her so much, even another hour with her would mean so much to me. Tho I'd also love to be able to give my departed pets one last hug and kiss, and have a chance to tell them again that I love them.

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  36. Love your choice. And I would sit with at least one of the cats who has gone before me. And tell him that when he left he took a part of me with him. And that the price was high - and worth it.

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  37. I believe Finley would be thrilled.

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    1. More thrilled still if I spelled his name correctly ;)

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    2. Its finlay
      And i wouldnt talk to him...
      I would just sit next to him with him leaning into me as he always did

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  38. Awwwww.....sweet. Makes me want to cry a bit. Missing our Winston.

    Cindy Bee

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  39. There you go, John, cutting to the heart of it! I was thinking of Jesus, Einstein, Mozart, and a host of other illuminati and you chose the perfect companion. I too would pick my long lost feline companion, Murphy. What a delightful character he was. The entire neighborhood knew him, were concerned when he was injured by a car, and mourned when he passed. Yep he would be perfect.

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  40. I too was wondering recently what a 'meme' was. I'd come to the conclusion that it was some type of altered photo.... obviously I was wrong.

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  41. Only one? What a choice to make! I'd love it to be my gorgeous old dog but would probably love even more to meet the sister I lost when she was 3 and I was 6. I've missed her all my life. Mind you that means she has been a part of my life for all that time. It's the memories that are important. :-)

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  42. I love your posts. This one made me a little sad, then excited at the prospect of being able to choose a special someone to chat to. Then of course a weeny bit anxious, My Dad? My Dog? My Mum? Perhaps someone living? maybe the Queen. No, I'm afraid it would have to be a tea party for me, a bench wouldn't work.

    Jean
    x

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  43. What a wonderful choice.

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  44. Excellent choice!

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  45. You've choked me up again...

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  46. I believe we will see all of our loved ones (including beloved pets) when it's our turn to pass on. That being said, I would be hard pressed to pick just one to sit with for an hour. We are linked by the love we still feel, so we can close our eyes and imagine that embrace or the apology or that peaceful presence.
    Peace to you all.

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