Just for a hopefully uplifting change of pace we have here a verse from an old poem and a scene from an old movie — the kind of thing we oldsters were raised with!

Here is the first verse of the poem Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it’s mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Bob Hope was 52 (1903-2003) and Jimmy Cagney (1899-1996) was 56 when this scene from The Seven Little Foys was filmed. These “youngsters” can show modern tappers a thing or two. And yet, they were not known primarily for their dancing!  Go ahead!  Laugh!   Enjoy!


Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.   —  Anthony Burgess British composer