Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Keep Calm...or Not.

My neighbor here at the office is a proper British lady.  Well, not really since she has lived in the States for quite a long time and we have completely and utterly corrupted her culturally.  She still has the accent, though, so that's bonus points in my book anyway.

So M, let's call her (protection for the semi-innocent since nobody with anything to do with me is fully innocent), is a proper British lady.  She manages lots of strong personalities who work hard and play hard; a real fun bunch in a time of crisis.  Her position requires absolute aplomb and tact since upsetting someone who thinks they are more talented than they may actually be could create a fair disruption for all of us.  Knowing this, I was not surprised when this poster turned up on her wall one day:

I turned to the most highly educated scholars I know (aka Wikipedia) to tell me about this delightful sentiment of "stiff upper lip-ism".  Turns out the British Government through the Ministry of Information originally produced this poster in 1939 to raise the morale of the British public under the World War II threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used (tax dollars in action as usual).

Anyway, a few weeks ago as I was shuffling out the door in the evening I happened to glance in at M's "Keep Calm" wall hoping for a boost after a particularly challenging day.  Here's what I saw:

Just in case you can't see it, here's a close up of the little blue poster to the right of the Keep Calm poster:

Turns out even proper British ladies with stiff upper lips have bad days.  Well done, M.  Carry on!

1 comment:

The Johnson's Zoo said...

I've tried that slogan with Angie, but she tends to reside on the blue poster side of life. Typically, two days out of the weekend are 'particularly challenging', so the whole 'freak out and throw stuff' is an inconvenient truth. I agree with the 'work hard, play hard' philosophy - I just wonder when some of us are expected to sleep. :-)