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Attached at the Hip | Part 2

{ Monday Blog Series: We’re going to start the week from now on with a new little tidbit that will lovingly be titled Attached at the Hip. It’s going to be the day of the week that we bring you reports of things we did together or our different takes on things. It will be a day of sisterhood, adventures and a general state of ridiculousness. Why not celebrate how much we love one another and how different yet the same we are?! }

The other weekend A. came out of the concrete jungle to join me for a non-city Sunday where she could enjoy quiet, trees, cars where you don’t pay the driver, grocery stores where people leisurely walk around and a decided lack of honking taxis. We went for a quick trip up to Cannondale, the historic village in Wilton, Connecticut. This of course was nothing but quiet as it is a quaint little corner tucked in the woods with a train station, a couple shops, a babbling brook (A. could not get over the fact that brook did in fact actually babble) and a schoolhouse that is now the Schoolhouse at Cannondale Restaurant. This one-room former educational establishment is home to some of the best hot chocolate, served with homemade marshmallows, that two girls could ask for. We enjoyed that along with mimosas, cappuccino, eggs Benedict, biscuits with gravy etc. Yes,we’ve been over this. We love brunch.

Next door to the schoolhouse is a British shop called Penny Ha Penny that has a wide selection of products imported from Britain. From fruit pastilles, Irn Bru, Marmite, digestive biscuits and clotted cream fudge, they have you covered… not to mention the wide selection of Keep Calm products. Very much a weakness of ours as you all know.

Trying to Keep Calm

As you are all aware at this point I can’t seem to get enough of everything and anything Keep Calm. It has sort of become a personal mantra, mainly because I am a hot mess 98% of the time. One of my friends was sweet enough to make me my own custom version of the oh-so lovable poster. I’m not sure what suits me more… the spasmatic conclusion to the statement or the crown that has caught fire. Most importantly it brings in one of our favorite words: the f-word.

Just keep calm already

The Keep Calm craze has turned into full blown ridiculousness. Now I admittedly am fully addicted to it also as I just bought Christmas cards that say “Keep Calm and Be Merry” however even I started to feel like I was pushing the line of acceptable versions. It seems the most popular rendition remains to be “Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake” however I recently saw a mug that said, “Keep Calm and Hide Ya Kids Hide Ya Wife” and found it pretty horrifying. If we’re going to keep calm we should also probably keep it classy.

Now as to its origins. According to Wikipedia the poster was initially produced by the Ministry of Information, in 1939, at the beginning of the Second World War. It was intended to be distributed in order to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster. 2,500,000 copies were printed, although the poster was distributed only in limited numbers. The designer of the poster is not known. In 2000, a copy of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was rediscovered in Barter Books, a second-hand bookshop in Alnwick, Northumberland. Since Crown Copyright expires on artistic works created by the UK government after 50 years, the image is now in the public domain. The store’s owners, Stuart and Mary Manley, were thus able to reprint copies at customers’ requests, as did others, inside and outside Britain.

There is something so charming about the simplicity of the message and graphics that keeps us both calm and wanting more. But when is it being taken just too far? When is it no longer cute and funny? I don’t know but I do know that for now I just can’t stop.

Some great spots to go to in which one can get calm…
Keep Calm and Carry On®
The Keep Calm Gallery
Not on the High Street

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