Lauriate Roly Remembers: Try It, You’ll Like It

Posted on November 17, 2017


By Lauriate Roly

Today we returned from an eye doctor appointment. Maddy is constantly at my side these days because I’m not in too reliable shape. I don’t even dare to imagine how I would manage if she were not the very devoted and precious daughter that a widower like me has to depend on. I used to take care of her. Now, she doesn’t only “take care” of me, but she is saving my life.

On our way home from the eye appointment and passing the liquor store, I asked if she would stop so I might buy a few things I would like to have. Some Vodka, and some Gin, but also some Guinness Stout.

Maddy seemed a little surprised – Guinness? You haven’t bought that in a long time.

My English Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Geordie granny, Mary, swore to the boasts of the ads about the “Goodness of Guinness”  and “Guinness Is Good For You.”

My dear English grandmother sometimes would come across with profound statements which astounded the family – and me ! – because I never expected profound statements from her. But I always remember her declaring about the “Goodness of Guinness, and she meant it.

Not just because the declaration came from my English granny, (who wasn’t my favorite incidentally), and not for any sort of linguistic favoritism reason, but lately, feeling very weak and very senior, I decided I might try her beliefs on myself.

I had reason to believe I might be on the right track, because I once had (and I still have) a wonderful friend. We were born the same day, same month, same year. Me, in Montreal. She, in Treviso, Italy. She was beautiful and ever so kind and gentle and loving. She became pregnant, and her husband insisted that she have an abortion.

She told me about it, mainly because her concern was that she did not want to destroy a life. She so wanted to have the child. I was her best friend in whom she could confide.

I didn’t know what to do.

Well, the outcome was that the persuasive and constant badgering of her husband finally won over her wishes and the abortion was done.

The outcome actually was almost the destruction of this wonderful woman. She was in a complete melt-down and nothing could be done to help her.

Weight loss, depression, loss of general interests, lack of enthusiasm.

I owned a lovely little Swiss type cottage I had built in the Quebec Laurentians, and I offered it to her for as long as she needed to recover from the severe decision she had to make, that affected her so deeply, in her young life.

The cottage idea suited her, but there was one thing I insisted upon: that in addition to staying and resting in the quaint and comfortable little cottage, she had to drink at least one pint of Guinness per day . This condition she had to accept.  I would make sure she had a constant supply for one pint per day, until she became well and healthy and full of life, and recovered again.

Well, it worked. Only took about two months.

And now, as I try so hard to bring myself back to a healthy and strong life, I recall and enjoy the prescription from Granny: “to have a Guinness every day, and you’ll get better – because “Guinness Is Good For You.”

I enjoy a pint a day, and I think I’m on the road to recovery. I’m convinced, Guinness is good for you.

Try it. You’ll love it !

Born in Montreal, Lauriate is bilingual; his mother a Geordie from Newcastle on Tyne, his father a French Canadian Quebecer. Lauriate has traveled widely and has lived in Europe. His involvements are primarily of a creative nature focused on Music, Graphic and Literary Arts in the communications fields of Advertising and phases of the Entertainment business through television and film production.