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What You Lose on the Roundabout May 7, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Word Play.
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When I first saw Sidey’s weekend theme ~ Swings and Roundabout ~ I didn’t know what she was on about.

So I decided to sit this one out.

Reading Col’s post, A Really Awful Spin on a Pendulum, gave me a glimmer of an inkling.

He shared an expression that no one had ever expressed or uttered before in my presence:

“What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabout.”

As it turns out, the expression, and its vice versa, is British/Australian.

Here, in the USA, we tend to say, “you win some, you lose some.”

However you express the thought, it’s all about maintaining balance (and our sense of humor) in the face of life’s inevitable twists and turns.

A swing roundabout Google led me to an intriguing book, What You Lose on the Roundabout, written by a 57-year-old Brit misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease who did just that ~ maintained her sense of humor (and got a tattoo!).

Did ya hear that Rosie? . . . she got a tattoo!  😛

Aah . . . that’s better!