When I began thinking about the A to Z challenge, I thought for a long time about what I wanted to write. I tried to think of ways to find neat things about the English language with each letter. And then I thought, what if that letter didn’t exist? So I am doing an abbreviated version of my Life Lessons series that I normally do on Fridays, but without using the letter of the day. What would life be like without that letter? Let’s find out...
There is a lot of interesting tidbits in there, such as the implication that the housemaid cleaned in bare feet, but the chapter to the porter really caught my eye.
It’s a short chapter, only a paragraph in length. The entirety of it consists of a list of people not to admit into the house if you serve a minister of state. The list included his paid spy, his chief flatterer, his solicitor, and a host of other people. It left me trying to think of people the porter could admit to the house.
I think the list is intended to let the master of the house live in peace. If all of these people aren’t admitted to the house then they have to see him at the office. That means home is safe. Home is peaceful. Home is a sanctuary.
I think everyone needs a porter in their life. Not someone opening the door and telling the UPS guy he can’t come in. (Though I defy anyone to actually catch the UPS guy unless they have to sign something. Even if I’m in the living room and hear the package thunk on the porch, he’s gone before I open the door.)
Since it is impossible to shrink a man and implant him in our brains to guard our mental door, it is necessary to build that porter ourselves. It is very difficult and requires a great deal of effort, but it’s a valuable skill to possess if you can master it.
Are there methods you have discovered for shielding your mental home from undesirable thought visitors? Share them in the comments.
I use ‘w’ so much more than I realized. Several sentences I had to rewrite. Check out other A to Z participants using the link below.