Little lamb, who made thee?

 

2006AH1503_noel_coward

 

I felt that some sort of scene was necessary in order to celebrate my first entrance into America, so I said “Little lamb, who made thee?” to a customs official. A fracas ensued far exceeding my wildest dreams, during which he delved down—with malice aforethought—to the bottom of my trunk and discovered the oddest things in my sponge bag. I think I’m going to like America.

via The Project Gutenberg eBook of Terribly Intimate Portraits, by Noël Coward..

9 Comments

  1. George Kaplan
    August 20, 2013
    Reply

    I’m not sure what I like best about this: “some sort of scene…”, “a fracas far exceeding my wildest dreams” the “little lamb” comment itself, or “the oddest things”, whatever, the whole thing’s very funny!

  2. August 20, 2013
    Reply

    Hilarious. There would be more than a fracas if that were tried today

    • August 21, 2013
      Reply

      It sounds even better pronounced the British and French way, that little sibilant ess we add is diminishing. I cannot imagine what would happen today, probably immediate entry to the “do not fly” list.

  3. August 20, 2013
    Reply

    we made a scene too – but they didn’t look in our sponge bag.

    12 years ago this very week *sighs* we checked in for the flight to NYC (“Ruby Tuesday” (Virgin Atlantic) at Heathrow and said, with a shy (yet clearly winning) smile: “Emigrating today – any chance of an upgrade, love?”

    and suddenly we found ourselves in 2A with a mug of English Breakfast tea.

    so it began.

    • August 21, 2013
      Reply

      Such a comforting way to start your life here, but I can’t help but notice the date. You’ll have to tell me about it in RL.

      • August 21, 2013

        oh yes.

        as to what happened a few weeks later…..yes. #greatsadness 0911.

      • August 21, 2013

        When I emerge in the coming weeks we’ll talk in RL. xox, V

Leave a Reply to Vickie Lester Cancel reply