Looking for inspiration as we approach the end of Lent? Try L.B.J. for a change:
“Sometimes you just have to hunker down and take it like a jackass in a hailstorm.” —Lyndon B. Johnson.
Hark! Spring is in the air. Saint Patrick’s Day has come and gone. The weather is more than fair.
But nary a soul dared violate the new social distancing normal to gather and to raise a glass in celebration on March 17. That was fine by me. Green beer is more than overrated, and public health is now the priority.
Taking L.B.J.’s advice, I sit at home, hoping all of this, too, shall pass, while attempting to enjoy the smell of Clorox bleach and Lysol filling the house. Through quiet contemplation, fueled, I admit, by Burgundy with a side of Motown (surely the comfort food of American music), I have now determined there is no pairing for these cleaning fluids, much like nothing would really pair with green beer. These are far from angels chanting, though Lionel, Marvin, Stevie, and Aretha are more than inspiring.
Sitting before me is an open bottle of 2010 Faiveley from Mercurey, purchased in the aftermath of our last economic meltdown, aiding me as I contemplate the probability that enlightened leadership shall emerge to spring us from the latest morass. As all Americans do, I love underdogs, and I have always been partial to Churchill with his back totally pressed to a wall, urging his nation forward, as the embodiment of the flawed hero, suited perfectly to his moment.
Here is one of Churchill’s greatest aphorisms, appropriate for our current state:
“A magnum is the perfect size for two gentlemen to share over lunch … especially if one of them is not drinking.” —Sir Winston Churchill.
Now, follow a few salient thoughts about how we can ameliorate our current predicament:
- Drink more Italian wine, because if any nation deserves our collective support it is our dear friends in Italia.
- Since we will clearly be dining at home much more, try to focus on wine and food pairings.
- Look for an early onset of the rosé season, based on favorable weather.
- Never lose your cool or your sense of humor; they may be needed to help someone in need, possibly yourself.
All in favor of the motion to begin amelioration forthwith, say “Aye”; the rest of you can sod off.
Michael Rose lives in Wellfleet, where he directs the Old Greenwich Wine Club.