L is for luftmensch.
Luftmensch is a Yiddish word that means someone with their head in the clouds. It’s often used to mean someone preoccuppied with intellectual or contemplative pursuits and not at all concerned with practical matters.
I happen to think that’s a perfect way to think about Fool.
And me as well.
I’m just back from 8 days away on retreat. And I’m in such an altered (and wonderful place!) returning to the grounded practicalities of my normal routine life just isn’t seeming possible at the moment. I truly feel like my head is in the clouds.
I thought about that yesterday as well. My flight home was delayed because of some bad weather, and I got to do a lot of cloud gazing while at the airport. But even more fun was the actual flying through the clouds. I find that inordinately delightful – there’s something just so magical about it. I try not to squeal in joy when in the plane, but I tell you, it does take effort. It makes all the not-wonderful parts about flying – the cramped conditions, irritable and stressed fellow passengers, and stale recycled germy air – all worth it. To be among the clouds.
What about you? Are you a luftmensch? A member of the Cloud Appreciation Society? Love to fly? Do tell – you know I love to hear.