Although Monday, Monday is an ode to trying to deal with the Monday blues, sometimes the Monday blues can creep into the “mean reds” category. Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s knew a thing or two about them:
You know those days when you get the mean reds? The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of.
Well, when I get it the only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like Tiffany’s, then – then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name!
What is it about jewelry, and diamonds especially, that can lift our spirits? I don’t even care for diamonds, but something about the sparkle of them in those cases, the way the platinum and gold shine, reflecting the lights from above… le sigh. Even this tomboy who never wears more than a silver necklace occasionally catches herself swooning at the vision of it all. Or maybe it’s the just those Truman Capote words swimming in my head.
Our office is 31 blocks south and one block west of the closest Tiffany & Co. Yes, on a nice day when the temperature isn’t in the 90s, any seasoned New Yorker could get up there, take a gander, then come back down – via walking – within a lunch hour break. And if we need more time to linger among all those cases of jewelry, that someday we’ll buy in bulk, we do what Holly Golightly would do and “jump in a cab.”
However, not everyone can live so close to the store that Holly loved so hopelessly. In those cases, the next best thing to do is download a version of “Moon River” and hop on Tiffany’s website. It’s not an ideal situation, but sometimes one needs to made due with what they have. And “Moon River” can always make a day better on its own anyway: “Moon river, wider than a mile; I’m crossing you in style someday…”