Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski had a message for Poles on a rainy rather cold May 2, aka Flag Day. Don't worry, be happy, the recently de-mustachioed Polish president said.
Don't worry, be happy. I couldn't agree more, Mr. Prezydent.
The president told Polish public radio in an interview Thursday evening that he understood Polish holidays could be sombre affairs considering the country's blood-soaked history. The president might have given the example of May 3.
Constitution Day commemorates the May 3, 1791, passing by Poland's parliament of one of the western world's first democratic constitutions. The very same Poles so often associated with the horrors of Nazi occupation and the near half-decade of communism were actually democratic frontrunners…at least until the Germans and Russians decided in 1795 that Poland shouldn't exist at all. Poof, Poland was gone, and not for the last time due to the Germans and Russians.
Komorowski understands all this, he said, but in the end "you have to party hard on the holidays" [my translation].
Bronek, I fully agree...and fully plan to "party hard" as I take a short break to make my woman honest, vacation a little in one of the world's great cities, and build up a lot of energy for a summer of blogging beauty.
Wish you were here....