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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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December 10, 2009


I assume you took the photograph. The colors put many great artists to shame, but then look what beauty sat before you.
Congratulations, godmother Claire. My godmother, who had five children of her own, never forgot my birthday. Even when I was a teenager she sent a check. She also sent me silly greeting cards for every holiday, which nobody else did. No ones just for me.
And she didn't live close by. I visited her and her family once when I was ten. But knowing she was godmother, and cared about me, brought me nothing but joy. That's what
godmothers are for.
I may have felt especially lucky, too, because the godparents chosen for my siblings paled compared to mine.

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