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Thursday, July 5, 2012

A College Essay Revisited. Humor and Creativity Never Go out of Style.

I picked up this following story on an email thread.   This story has been around since 1935 with different variations.  It has its roots in England as royalty was initially incorporated into the writing assignment. 

The variation on folklore reminds me of the variation on clothing fashions of today.  What's new is old, right?

If you remember wedge shoes and peasant dresses from the 70's, you might just be too old to wear them in 2012.  Body shapes change and what looked good on you when  you were 15 years old just doesn't look or feel the same 30 or 40 years later.  Enjoy those high heels when you are young!  Something happens to your feet as you age.  Maybe a great college essay would be to chronicle the effects of gravity on the human body through the decades.  Or maybe not.  As I exclaimed a few years ago watching aging relatives, "I've seen the future and it's not pretty!"

However, the flirting with passing fashion doesn't hold true with wit or knowledge.  Those attributes remain constant and should be appreciated and studied.   Consider this essay a modern (and American) twist on a humorous story.

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