Sunday, July 22 2012
Todays topic of annoyance is candles. I'm not a buyer of candles so maybe I don't quite understand the candle etiquette, but when I do on the very rare occasion buy a candle, I light it, I don't buy it to sit on the shelf to gather dust or to add some sort of strange decoration to the room, I buy the candle to set the little wick on fire and sadistically watch as the wax slowly succombs to the heat of the small flame. Taking that on board, you can imagine how annoyed I was when I went into a shop this morning to overhear the following conversation.
Woman #1: Oh what a lovely candle, that'd look perfect on my TV shelf
Woman #2: It really would, you couldn't light it though
Woman #3: Of course not! It's far too beautiful to light
Google Define; Candle -
|A cylinder or block of wax or tallow with a central wick that is lit to produce light as it burns.
And there we have it, a conversation had in the middle of Wilkingsons about a candle which may never be lit because it's "too beautiful". It's a good thing we don't apply such dumbfounded logic to other items in our lives, food for instance, some restaurants serve some very beautifully prepared food, but I'm yet to hear someone utter the words "that's too beautiful to eat" though I'm sure they'll be very quick with snapping up a picture to post on Facebook.