Legends from our own lunchtimes

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ink Blots
La Chaussée-sur-Marne to Vitry-le-François

The inkblot test (also called the "Rorschach" test) is a method of psychological evaluation. Psychologists use this test in an attempt to examine the personality characteristics and emotional functioning of their patients.

In this picture for instance, I can see nothing but a clear blue sky beyond the mist.  The mist itself is a pastel blue, there’s the slightest glimpse of and gentle green in the shapes that will soon become trees, twinkling like the glitter sparkles in a fairly princess’ eye shadow.  I want to know what lies beyond that bend, on the other side of the tree.  

In my head I see a morning full of tranquility, the mist slowly burning off to reveal jewel-like reflections on the water, the colours of everything bright and fresh in the clear morning air.

The only thing missing are the ripples of a boat’s wake and the steady beat of a happy Perkins Marine Diesel in the background to complete the picture of a perfect cruising day.

It was almost eight when I took the photo, so we fired up Mr Perkins and headed off once more into the unknown, coffee in hand, even though the unknown isn’t entirely unknown as we’ve been this way before, just to see if the day would match the image.

It did. 

 I wonder what a psychologist would make of that.

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