I have to confess that U is not my favourite letter of the alphabet.
I struggled with U. But then it came to me-every challenge has to have it’s ups and downs.
And then I had it- that little concept that every blog requires to wrap itself around before going out into the world.
My first literary encounter with the idea of ‘Up’s and ‘Downs’ was on my father’s knee, as he recited a poem remembered from his childhood. It was about the fairies. The fairies are big news in Ireland. Not the fluttery, pretty type, but the ugly, otherworldly folk of mythology and superstition. They are a scary bunch and you’d be well advised not to annoy them or there’s big trouble. Anyway, back to the poem. It was written by William Allingham -http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/Poetry/TheFairies.html
‘Up the airy mountain, Down the rushing glen,
We dare not go hunting, for fear of little men!’
Where next for more juxtapositions of up and down? We needn’t go far. There are a whole host of up and down sayings out there.
Take the laws of gravity:
What goes UP has to come Down.
And of pyschology:
Your head may be UP in the clouds- (Yay!!) but then you could end up
Down in the dumps (Boo…)
Or outdoor pursuits:
You may find yourself UP the creek without a paddle.
But if you get DOWN to brass tacks, it was probably your own fault for neglecting to bring such a vital piece of equipment.
In poker, you might well UP the ante- (and not the aunty as I used to think)
If you were cheating at poker, you might need to get DOWN and dirty (as in intently and fiercely competitive, not bawdy and lewd mind!)
And finally, in this whistle stop tour of possible ups and downs, let’s look at our very own Irish addition to the gamut.
UP here for thinking
DOWN there for dancing.
But no, I think the last word on this should go to Mehmet, who advises us:
“Climb up the stairs cheerfully, climb down the stairs cheerfully! Let your mind be unaffected by the ups and downs of life!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
Well said, Mehmet!