It has been obvious to all except The Renovator for the best part of a week now; today realisation tap danced its way into his consciousness. He is ill. Spending your working day in the company of 25 eight and nine year olds and their hitch-hiking bugs and bogies will do that to you. It takes a while to build up the immunities.
However, trooper that he is, he kept a lid on an all-out surrender to the dastardly malaise until after undertaking his turn at Sunday morning tea.
What made him select this particular quote above all others, this time around, was the ambiguity people place on this sentiment. Here on the Homestead, we believe the current tenants of Papatuanuku (Earth Mother) should keep in mind that the next tenants deserve a well maintained, well respected home.
The Renovator brought to our attention an online forum where the sentiment was totally reversed: Earth was here before we got here and will outlive us all; She’s tough, she can take a chucked out plastic bottle or a squillion, a dousing with chemicals, a nuclear explosion or two. What the frack?!
A lively discussion ensued as we chomped through the heaped plate of potato and bacon croquettes (with dutch mustard and fritessaus on the side), pausing occasionally to listen to his chosen soundtrack.
Then today’s host politely excused himself and crawled back to his bed.