I am told that one should not write a blog under a pseudonym (thank god for spell checker on that one!). So, I suppose it is time to confess that I am, in fact, not Cecilia Smith and to reveal her true identity to you.
Cecilia Smith was a work colleague of my Grandmothers. They worked as telephone operators at Cable and Wireless, in London in the 1950's.
"Do it now" was Cecilia Smith's catch phrase and my Grandma adopted it, adding Cecilia's name to her version of it, for extra emphasis.
As a kid I kind of liked Grandma's mysterious friend, and I liked what she stood for. I imagined that Cecilia Smith was this perfect woman, she had all the boxes ticked and her life was like the well-conducted orchestra that featured on her completely unscratched collection of Perry Como records.
I saw Cecilia as this model 1950's woman, gliding through the Cable and Wireless offices in her twin set and pearls, with her BBC radio voice and perfect hair. My grandmother, on the other hand, had a stammer when she started at C & W, not an easy thing to overcome as a telephone operator, but which I think was probably cured because of her "Cecilia Smith" determination!
So here they were in the 1950's, long before some jumped-up little advertising executive was paid gazillions of $'s to come up with the well known tag line of a certain sneaker company, (Nike's "just do it" campaign, if that was too cryptic for you!). My Grandma was telling her family to "do it now, Cecilia Smith" and applying it - not to going for a run or to the gym, but to menial tasks such as writing those dreaded thank you notes, or cleaning the toilet!
So here I am in 2009, still chanting Grandma's second hand mantra. Its okay saying it, but I still haven't quite adopted it and applied it to my life.
"If we take care of things immediately, we are prepared for every eventuality, we have clarity and organization" and life is (apparently) good, right?
Well, something like that anyway......here's to Cecilia and here's to Grandma overcoming her stammer!