A Motto To Adhere To

“Why be plain vanilla when you can be a phenomenally explosive cocktail of maple syrup and vodka?”

-The Little Mermaid, MMXVIII

Photo Credits: Rita Hayworth, Columbia Pictures
Copyrights © 2016 The Little Mermaid. All Rights Reserved

Author: The Little Mermaid

My soul is an enthralling mystery, delicately concocted with some chaos and a little glee.

184 thoughts on “A Motto To Adhere To”

    1. You may well be right in your assessment, though there is Ava Gardner to consider & also the divine Miss Louise Brooks.

  1. Thanks for sharing!.. 🙂

    “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1. Hello dear, to be vanilla is to be bland and cheap just so you can be put anywhere. However, by being a cocktail of maple syrup and vodka, you become more valuable and interesting, appealling to a select few of your level.

      Have a nice Saturday! X

      1. i know, but to me there is nothing bland or cheap about vanilla and i would rather be appealing to many, than just a few and to truly get the flavor of vanilla, one has to go through many steps to cultivate the plant and i hope you have a great weekend 🙂

        1. Haha! While I do grasp what you are trying to say, I would like to underscore that the objective of this quote is not about promoting the idea of superiority or inferiority over other people. This message is not relative.

          Let me further tell you that this quote has got nothing to do with the gorgeous vanilla plant. I have vanilla plants at home in my garden and my father has shown me how to hand-pollinate the flowers in order to grow the vanilla beans. So, trust me when I say that I value the time, efforts and patience it takes to grow vanilla plants.

          ‘Plain vanilla’, in English, means having no special or extra features; ordinary or standard; and the quote is to be understood in this precise figurative context. I restate: this is an absolute, not a comparative scenario.

          Ain’t nobody got the time for comparison when we are all the same!

          On that note, I wish you have a marvellous weekend filled with vanilla cookies, vanilla ice-cream and vanilla pudding.

          Love and hugs XO

            1. I have collected and made maple syrup by hand, right from selecting the time and the tree to boiling it down to a syrup and beyond to sugar. The real stuff is hard to find and expensive. Almost never see it in restaurants. Instead there is something about the right color and consistency but inferior taste. They label it “maple flavored” or just “old fashioned” and hope you don’t notice.

              Many people have never tasted the real thing.

    1. Wow Adrienne! That’s pretty cool. Where do you live by the way? Do you have a blog post on how you produce the maple syrup? If you do, please share it here as a link. I’m so eager to read from you. Thanks a lot!

      Have an awesome day, darling.

      Love and hugs X

        1. Beautiful post! It looks quite chilly but definitely lotsa fun too. And your fur babies are very cute. They seem to be enjoying your company.

          I will visit your site more often for my dose of virtual maple syrup on your farm. Take care.🤗

  2. I have both ingredients made locally. Time for a drink!
    It seems to me that Rita’s legs were insured for a million dollars.

  3. If you’re going along to get along, you’re doing it wrong…can’t remember who wrote that, it is my response to this wonderful post!!

    1. Very well said! Conforming for the sake of security, comfort and political correctness is not my department. I’m still unable to decide whether it’s my plus point or a weakness.😂

  4. sissy here on the wagon smiles ludicrously offering you the idea of Vermont Maple Ginger – ‘tea’ (tisane) from Celestial Seasonings tea of Boulder Colorado…. and cackles about a rocking chair

  5. I’ll pass on the vodka, and pour the syrup on my pancakes. I understand that some people also use it in their hair. Must be tough to rinse out.

  6. She was some stunner, Rita Hayworth. I’m past the explosive cocktail stage Little Mermaid. My vodka days are well and truly over. Give me a nice English Breakfast in the afternoon and I’m happy.

  7. You have an eye for good topics. It’s nice of you to be polemick when you can.

    1. Thank you so much Daniel! Actually, my sporadic rebukes with regards to some topics can be largely attributed to my inability of dealing with the imbecility and vainglory of people. Haha!

      Enjoy your day! X

    1. Aww! Such a lovely rose!

      I have always, always adored roses since they are classically romantic. Beautiful. Refreshing. They seem to have their own story to tell.

      Thank you for the picture.

      Hugs and kisses XO

  8. I love the whole personality & life verve cocktail metaphor. This says a lot about you, and the verve carries through in your writing. Looking forward to reading your next piece. 😉

    1. Thank you so much Paul! I appreciate your stopping by my site and commenting on this post. I also look forward to building a fruitful blogging relationship with you.

      Have a nice day ahead and see you! X

    1. Hi Anishad, thanks for stopping by. I will visit your site in the coming days and appreciate your interest in guest blogging on my platform. I’ll definitely contact you if ever such an opportunity arises.

      Thank you very much! Take care.

  9. My sirenita, I can’t imagine you as plain vanilla anything. As mi sirenita you have the power to call me into the sea to drown. That has to be caramel, almond fudge at least 😀
    It’s great to be back in touch. ❤️

    1. Whee! Richhhh!! How are you? I haven’t seen you around in such a long time. I have missed you in the blogosphere.

      Aww caramel? Almond fudge? You’re over-pampering me.

      Sending you lots of love and hugs XO

      1. No one hugs and loves like you do, Sirenita. Sending you the same in a pretty giftbox with a bow of kisses on the top.
        It is so wonderful to see you now!

  10. I usually get Rita Hayworth mixed with Susan Hayward. It’s nice to remember old classics. Take care.

  11. Why not? Plainness is guilty: of a defalcation of ornamentation.

    Ornamentation is the proof of richness.

    Queen Sheba saw the superlatively robed servants of King Solomon and gave glory to the power of attraction.

    Did the LORD God create a plain humanity? Check this out: God made man in HIS own image, the backside of which Moses saw and became a next of kin to the solar. If Adam was made to dominate the affairs of the terra firma then an explosion of his prowess must be visible.

    An explosive breakthrough is always an attending prerequisite to a success story.

    Thank you, Little Mermaid, for yet another thought fomenting post, and of course, for liking my post, “Jehovah’s Witness Myopic View Of Jesus (IV).”

    1. Haha! Actually it’s even better if you don’t drink anything alcoholic because then I’m sure you’ll enjoy my tea party! Keep posted for more details!

      Love and hugs to you X

  12. Vanilla is one of the most complex spices !!!! It has over 250 different flavor and aroma compounds. Only one of those is Vanillin which can be artificially made !!

  13. Bonjour ou bonsoir

    L’amour doit se répandre en amitié sincère
    Pour parer aux écueils jonchés par l’adversaire
    Qui déverse, souvent, son poison dans nos cœurs

    Nous sommes voyageurs dans un monde éphémère
    Pour pouvoir l’enjamber sans beaucoup de douleurs

    Faisons de l’amitié notre constant critère
    Bonne journée mon Amie

    Gros bisous. Bernard

  14. Vanilla is no fun at all 😉

    Love this quote I spotted the other day
    Be a first rate version of yourself rather than a second rate version of someone else!!
    Judy Garland

  15. Great quote. I love Rita Hayworth as well. And thanks for liking my blog post, “What To Do About Haters,” on my daily blog, TheDailyMormon.com. I just signed up to Follow your blog–great writing, thoughts, and insights, by the way–and hope you’ll stop back by my way another time.
    Here’s the link to the post you liked … just in case anyone else out there would like to check it out as well. It is good advice (wish I could take credit for it all): https://thedailymormon.com/2018/07/19/what-to-do-about-haters-0/
    Keep up the work, Little Mermaid.
    All the best,
    Patrick at TheDailyMormon.com

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