Friday, 18 May 2012
Happy early Birthday Queen V
This weekend is a long weekend in Canada.
We celebrate Queen Victoria's Birthday
To most Canadians this weekend is known as The May Long Weekend
To others its known as Victoria Day.
When my niece moved to Houston Texas they all wanted to know what a Maylon weekend was.
Ha! (and she thinks the Texans don't enunciate!)
She (Queen Victoria, not my niece) would have been 193 years old on the 24th of May - had she lived.
People say she didn't smile as she ate too much sugar and her teeth paid the price.
I don't know that to be true.
I do know that I have never seen a picture of her where she is smiling.
Here are some of the things she said throughout her life.
Her thoughts on marriage
• When I think of a merry, happy, free young girl -- and look at the ailing, aching state a young wife generally is doomed to -- which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage.
• I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.
Her thoughts on children (maybe I should have posted these on Mothers Day!)
• An ugly baby is a very nasty object, and the prettiest is frightful when undressed.
• I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.
Anyway it is she we are celebrating this weekend.
This weekend at our house there will be no birthday cake, or fireworks or probably even one thought of her but hey, it's an extra day off.
So to all you Canadians out there Have a Great Victoria Day!
and to the rest of you .....
... feel free to gloat when you get a holiday day and we don't.