Interesting Times

I first heard the ancient curse, "May you live in interesting times," a few years ago. I've always liked this curse. It seems innocuous enough, not harsh like the traditional "May your cattle die and your crops wither" type curse.

The word "interesting" has different contextual meanings. When my mother-in-law says a gift we've given her is "interesting," I know that really means we'll be getting it back one day soon. When Charlie says something for dinner is "interesting," that tells me he's less than enthusiastic about it.

I finally get what the curse means. With our roller coaster stock market and the campaign these last few weeks (which has been more interesting than I'd ever imagined), I feel that we are certainly living in interesting times.

My hope for everyone (and personal goal): May we be fascinating people living in boring times.