When I was very young, you know, mid last century, no matter how busy the day, my mother finished by watching The Eleven O’clock News. No matter that the next day started a scant five or six hours later, she and The Day could not be put to bed before The Eleven O’clock News. Then, properly informed of Local, National, International, and Weather, in that order, she went to sleep.
People today, living in a society where so-called News is available twenty-four hours a day, (and believe me, anything available twenty-four hours a day is suspect -filler rather than quality – dressing rather than actual factual – mindless chatter and speculation with a spin, to keep You the Viewer entertained, to line pockets for the 1%). Oh my, I sense a possible rant there. Yikes.
Anyway, the point is that by nine something last night I had to make a decision, watch nothing notable in the couple of hours before bed, listen to an audio book whilst knitting something of note, or find something to cheer a dark and wintery night.
Since Betty White’s death, days before her one hundredth birthday last month, I have taken to watching her scenes and shows on YouTube. And I have laughed. So speaking into my magic TV remote, ’YouTube Betty White’ I instantly had a large selection of humour before me.
Well, I focused (none of the multitasking we all brag about and think is a good thing when it isn’t), just mirth and real laughter. I watched some hilarious skits from shows then it segued into a Sonny and Cher show on which BW appeared.
And the entertainment went up a notch. S&C always started their show with a song and a humorous chat. This particular episode (45 minutes of mirth) was after their divorce, about which they chatted and joked, and BW danced, sang, and did delicious skits.
I had forgotten what Entertainment was – real entertainment as in:
’Let me entertain you/ Let me make you smile’ the lyrics from Gypsy
Quite a lovely way to end my day
May you find a bit of mirth and peace and laughter today on this February 3rd, 2022 at north of 43