|In case you've a yearning to hear the song.|
If we are honest with ourselves, I think we all have to admit that no matter the joys of brand new children or grandchildren, smokin’ hot crossword-puzzle experts at the breakfast table, new homes for furbishment in the West (Texas) Country, or placid husbands who gaze lovingly at us whilst driving with quiet competence across several counties so we can explore the Cheddar Gorge or Carlsbad Caves or whatever, that there are moments when we’d be tempted to trade it all in for life in Betty-land. After all, Amelia Esmerelda has all that plus an account at Harrod’s and a pair of butlers, and a dog that apparently never bespoils the Aubusson. Plus she has an array of Aubussons.
I know you’d never really give up your wonderful family and friends for a luxurious home in Menkemaborg, a Mini of your own and a future full of little boys who will grow to very big boys indeed and lovely-eyed little girls who are pretty when they smile, all tromping about the gardens in Wellington boots with Old Trott and two boys standing by to repair the damage – but. Every now and now, you think about it.
So I’m curious: what’s your single favorite element of the Fantasyland that is Amelia Esmerelda’s post-nuptial life? I’m going to do another little poll thing like the Christmas-scene poll of a few months back (December, I think it was). My candidates would of course include faithful retainers, which just seems like a blissful accoutrement of the good life. But you may wish to nominate three course lunches, splendid teas and four course dinners that don’t lead to inappropriate weight gain, or impeccably well-behaved children (and even stepchildren, though they may be quite horrid at first), or a socking great dress allowance, the figure to pull off haute couture ballgowns, or antique epergne and tallboys that are neither dented nor odd smelling and never need polishing (by you, anyway).
|Lunch at Betty's.|
Once I have your ideas, I’ll put up that poll. If you’d care to disclose why you most appreciate the element of Bettylife you nominate, that might make for entertaining reading.