Ranting and Rant-Ups

Posts that make me laugh uncontrollably are very high on my agenda and I’m seldom disappointed by my fellow Co. Waterfordian blogger, Clare Scott. Her latest post Fannying Around still has me chuckling.

In the midst of our banter in the comments, the matter of rants and a ‘rant-up’ arrived on the agenda.

It brought me back to a ‘rant-up’ of sorts in which I participated wholeheartedly some years back with my mother and young son. He was about six at the time and Mother was nearing eighty.

We’d all had a ferociously frustrating week so piled into the car on a dark December Friday afternoon and headed to Garrarus Beach. The sea was wild; it was windy as hell but we all scrambled out of the car and screamed, and Screamed and SCREAMED and S C R E A M E D.

It was one of the most cathartic occasions of my entire life and the fact that it was shared made it all the better.

Here’s the haiku that I wrote later that evening to make sure I’d never forget it!

three generations

screaming in wild frustration

the tide turned in shock

So, if anyone is on for a rant-up, you know where to come. Stand here on Social Bridge and shout and scream your frustrations away. Your salt tears will be swept into the ever-forgiving salty sea.

Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford.
Garrarus Beach, Co. Waterford.



Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

21 thoughts on “Ranting and Rant-Ups”

  1. Haha!Love it Jean…and thanks. I really like the idea of screaming. If I started giving out (some might say I have started…) I’d never stop but screaming…I could do that. See you at Garrarus for the next storm! 😀 😀

    1. Thanks Val. I must have looked the odd one out as my son inherited Mother’s burnished gold hair and sense of mischief, She was definitely the leader of that expedition.
      Glad you like the haiku.

  2. What a delightful invitation! I might take you up on it someday. I loved envisioning you and your mom and son screaming away. I’ve seen desperate people (ie, young dads with new babies) do that in their pillows. :-0 Yikes. I think the ocean is a much better location.

    1. Hello RW, you’re more than welcome and we have lots and lots of little coves and big beaches around here. The ocean is certainly the perfect location for this and so many more activities.

    1. Hi SV, was only thinking about you this morning and here you are! Haven’t done it for a while now but always know it’s something very helpful to do if everything gets beyond the beyonds.

  3. In my 20s, I used to go down to the seafront regularly to scream into the wild brine wind. Life was not easy then, living in a bedsit, working in an office and only have £8 a week left over each week for food and electricity. I think those screams were very therapeutic and save me from many an emotional meltdown. The vastness and power of oceans, sort of puts things in perspective.

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