What is the line?
We have been harvesting our greens. It’s SO gratifying. Salads of spinach, rocket and two kinds of lettuce. We are so delighted with ourselves and sigh and say “Yes, it IS working out” and then immediately panic that we are being smug and self-congratulatory and something awful is bound to happen. Like the Gods saying “Ha! They think they are great! But WE will show them”.
What is the difference between saying “phew, we made good choices and we are reaping the rewards – cheers dahling” and being horrible?
Is there some Irish taboo against talking oneself up? Are we culturally programmed to run ourselves down for fear others will think we’re getting airs? When is it ok to say “Wow. We did well. Hurrah!”