Every family has their own personal mythologies
in ours if you have the feeling you are going to win something it is called
the Alvey Feeling
which is named after an Alvey fishing reel that Sinus won
when he was about 14 or 15 and he just knew he would win it
so every time we are feeling lucky we have "the Alvey Feeling"
I am not one to enter contests or draws or things
I'm not quite sure why, but it just isn't me...
but then on Facebook I came across the Enjoy Every Day competition
on the Twinings page
and I love Twinings tea, especially Lady Grey and so I thought I would enter
The weekly prize was $5000 which was pretty spectacular
so I entered this painting which is one of my favourite Lady Grey paintings...
On hitting that enter button I was immediately and completely overcome by the Alvey feeling
I was soooooo winning five grand
I was mentally spending it
new computer, new printer, completing my set of Wedgewood tea cups
the list became alarmingly long ... alarmingly quickly
but I was convinced the Alvey feeling wouldn't let me down
I told Sinus about it and he was excited too
figuring that if I finally had the Alvey feeling it was quite the sign
and he took to making fishing reel motions all the time and patting me on the back
and welcoming me to the club
which was fun for about an hour
but quickly morphed into ...
pat me one more time and I will show you where you can put your Alvey reel
yet somehow I still thought it was going to happen
which was crazy and delusional because in the twenty something years I have lived with Sinus
I have never seen any evidence that the Alvey feeling actually works
Every second week he has it with the lotto draw, and all sorts of other situations
and never has it come off... not even close
except when it comes to getting parking spaces
he always gets the perfect parking spot... even when the mall is packed
the minute he drives in it seems that about ten people
are overcome by the overwhelming need to head home
it is freaky how he gets those parks.... and every time
but parking spaces aside
I had somehow morphed into this Alvey believer... I no longer scoffed and snorted
I actually thought it was going to come through
but on seeing the winner announced I was instantly plunged into utter despair
how could the Alvey feeling let me down so thoroughly
I was in shock... no new computer, or printer
turns out that the Alvey feeling is indeed the crock I had always thought it was
of course this tin arriving as a consolation prize sorted out my despair
as it is not only great for storing teas,
but of course it is something new to draw and paint
which always sets the world to rights
and I do love seeing it there on the shelf
but now Sinus is declaring that the Alvey feeling works
because I did win something
even if it wasn't what I had hoped
he is taking it as vindication and I figure I can look forward to
another 25 years of the bloody Alvey feeling...
lucky I have my Lady Grey to see me through the Alvey filled next few years...xx
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