Funny how some phrases put a grin on some faces, and a worried expression on others. The Lego Movie used “Everything Is Awesome” as a cornerstone of its advertising, and Lady M and I gleefully started singing it too once we encountered it. Sometimes it was through gritted teeth if things were rough, or not going to plan, but that somehow usually brought a spark of mirth that lightened the mood.
It still does, but not for my daughter. She gets a pained expression when she hears it, which largely came from not having seen the film or much of the advertising and having the perennially detached coolness of an intelligent teenager down to a fine art. Then, when we flew over to Florida last year, I encouraged her to watch it. I think the memory of her faintly horrified expression is going to stay with me for quite some time.
I’m not sure what has brought this to mind this evening beyond the meandering conversations we’ve been having that have touched on all sorts of things: snoring, family holidays while growing up, arguments with traffic police, people Lady M has made nervous at work, why I flinch at certain types of sudden motion near certain parts of my anatomy, the amount of food eaten at Christmas, and the aerodynamic properties of chocolates thrown in proximity to tablet devices. The cry of Everything Is Awesome once more sprung forth to lighten the mood.
I think it’s a good phrase to exclaim: whether in denial or defiance is of course, up to you and the moment