Small things amuse small minds, so they say. Which is fine by me. I’m quite happy to admit that my tiddly little mind finds regular entertainment scrolling through the headlines on my news outlets of choice and guessing which country they apply to.
Take this one, for instance.
‘What’s coming is worrying’.
This is a quote from authorities in the central west of NSW, currently hit by the worst floods for more than 25 years. Evacuation orders are in place for several towns in the area, and those in know predict that the worst is yet to come.
But instead of panicking, the authority in question says It’s a bit of a worry, folks, and those in the flood zone pack their family photos and move to higher ground for the duration. Or not, as the mood takes them.
This, you might be surprised to hear, doesn’t mean we’re stupid. Or insensitive. Just pragmatic, by and large. Stuff happens, you deal with it and move on. Nor does it mean that as individuals, we don’t have those moments of private panic we all know and don’t love. But on the whole, we’re not given to running round like chooks with their heads cut off. Hence the headline.
Funny thing, national character.