Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quaint Sayings of Uncle Jeff: On Regret


Uncle Jeff ruminated on thoughts and themes from sorrow to happiness at the turn of the last century. His niece Iva noted nine such sayings. As a young woman of 26 in 1929, Iva was determined to collect and write down the quaint sayings of her Uncle Jeff for posterity's sake. She wrote down his homespun adages within the pages of her second-hand copy of Three Centuries of American Poetry and Prose.

Uncle Jeff had this to say about regret...


On Regret

There's a thing we all must learn,
  friend,
As over the road we go
It's the sorriest kind of folly,
  friend,
To shiver at last year's snow.


— Iva B. Core


A child of the heartland, Iva Beatrice Core (1903-1987) grew up and lived most of her life in Richland Center, Wisconsin. We will visit Iva and Uncle Jeff from time to time and remember a simpler time.

To date, we have read Uncle Jeff's ruminations on: sorrow; benevolence and; friends.