Yesterday I took the photograph above on my morning walk. As I looked at the sky, I thought: “Clear skies are nice, but clouds make the picture more interesting.”
And the combination of the picture and that saying made me think, inevitably, of refrigerator magnets.
Mom was a big refrigerator magnet person. Some of you, at least, are familiar with what I’m describing. The magnets always had both a picture and a saying. And usually the combination of the photograph and the saying was aiming for purported wisdom and vaguely aspirational notions, in the sense of accepting life’s challenges with a positive attitude and sense of resolve, or maintaining a stiff upper lip in the face of adversity. An example might be a photo of a crew team rowing on the water, and the saying might be “we make better progress when we all pull together,” or something along those lines.
The picture above with the saying “clear skies are nice, but clouds make the picture more interesting” would be a classic refrigerator magnet of that genre. Someone would look at it as they are getting ready to make their sandwich for today’s working remotely lunch, nod at its pseudo sagacity, and eat their lunch with a renewed sense of purpose.
At least, that’s the idea.