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the good wife, the good buttons and the still undecided christmas

I am struggling to get organized for Christmas (like so many other women across North America). I tell myself I am so evolved and spiritual that I am beyond fretting about doing The Perfect Christmas, and this is true, to a certain extent. But I still have little moments of guilt about the cards not sent, the presents not bought or wrapped, the parties not given nor attended. As I write this, at this very minute, I am busy Not Attending a Writers’ Guild party which I am sure would be pleasant, but which seems, on this snowy night, too much. Maybe I shouldn’t mention that said party is being held in a very loud, raucous pub which used to be a funeral parlour.  For all I know, I could be quaffing drinks in an enbalming room…..

So, at this time of year, my favourite television series are a wonderful escape for me. I am counting the moments until Downton Abbey returns. In the meantime, I mark Sunday evening on my calendar as Good Wife Night. I love this series, so intelligently written and wonderfully acted.

I loved the December 11 episode, even though I was bewildered by some aspects of it. I check out the blogs regularly, and especially enjoy Jada Yuen’s blog for NY magazine. I was beginning to be somewhat put off by Alicia’s stoic suffering, so I practically cheered when she stormed into Cary’s office like an avenging angel on Kalinda’s behalf. YOW. This is more fire than Alicia has shown so far in the entire series. I expected Cary to melt into a puddle of guilt.

But he didn’t.  I can’t figure out if I missed something crucial here. In one episode, he is obsessed, smitten, overcome with tenderness and lust for Kalinda, and in two episodes later, he is throwing her in jail? I know all about love scorned, but it seems to me as if he dumped Kalinda mid-makeout a few episodes ago. But all is forgiven if Alicia and Kalinda are tentatively re-starting their friendship because of this. And, because I have great faith in, and admiration for, the King writing team, I am expecting they will come up with one doozie of a comeback for Cary in the ethics department.

But let’s get to the important stuff. BUTTONS. Yes, buttons!!!! As all my friends, and a select few of my business associates know, I am an avid collector of vintage and antique buttons. Not an authority, by any means, but certainly far advanced from being a beginning collector. When I can, I attend the National Button Society shows, and when I can’t, I rely on the wonderful NBS magazines to keep me from going into button withdrawal.

So, when one of the jurors in the last The Good Wife turned out to be a button collector, I thought it was hilarious and wonderful. I recognized myself in her obsessive display and sharing. I am guessing maybe one of the Kings is a button collector. How else did they capture so perfectly in the writing, the life of the button collector? Even the trays mounted on her apartment walls were perfect. And the buttons discussed weren’t the obvious moonglows or Operas, but more arcane categories. When the collector/juror (extremely well played by an actress whose name I forget, blush) asked Kalinda, “Have you ever seen a Deccan button?” I thought she said Declan, and spent some time with Sally Luscomb’s Encyclopedia of Buttons, searching for this term, and then realized that she most likely said, “Deccan buttons” which are art buttons from a region of India, which would be perfect to snag Kalinda’s interest (or so one would think).

Meanwhile, the evil Wendy Scott Carr, and the venomous Dana seem to be like characters lifted from a fairy tale, perhaps Once Upon A Time? The moment when Dana gloated to the jailed Kalinda, “you look a little pale”, seemed sort of awful to me. But then I am a Pollyanna sort of gal, always hoping for the best in people. Whoops. I have to take that back, because I thoroughly enjoyed Peter’s masterful and threatening exchange with the waffling headmistress. Does that make me a bad person? I wouldn’t want to be at the receiving end of his threats, but I sure enjoyed watching him threaten. Art over real life, right?

In the meantime, I am going back to trying not to fret about Christmas. Isn’t it funny, how one can, some years, be totally above the hype and be able to simply BE at Christmas (which in my experience, are the best kinds) and other years, one can buy into the hype and feel the guilt and worry that is so useless.

Me, I am going to tell people they should settle for love and kisses and good karma from me. Because no turkey is going to bite the dust on my behalf. I have cooked my last turkey. They are all safe from my tender care. (Especially, the last one, which all but leapt out of the roaster in outrage and ran out of the house to the nearest gas station for refuge.)

Just carrying on here,

Linda

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2 Responses to “the good wife, the good buttons and the still undecided christmas”

  1. Jayne says:

    Just catching up on DorothyL when I saw your link. I’m even further behind on Downton Abbey. I hear the 2011 Christmas special was the most watched show in Britain, beating all the old favourites.

  2. Linda says:

    I love Downton Abbey. Intelligent, witty, stylish and so moving at times.

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