Today MATing translates as ‘writing this before I begin to stare through the window’. Sometimes it takes much staring before I can write.
This story knows what I mean:
One day Monet was sitting on the bench in his garden at Giverny staring at the waterlily pond. His neighbour walked by, poked his nose over the hedge and said, ‘Bonjour Monsieur Monet, I see you are not working today. There are many things I’d like to talk to you about.’ And he opened the gate and walked in. But Monet didn’t look at him, nor did he speak to him, and after a while the neighbour left in a huff.
The next day Monet’s neighbour poked his nose over the hedge and quickly ducked back down again because Monet was at his easel, painting, by the waterlily pond. But Monet called out, ‘It’s all right, Monsieur le Voisin, come in. I’m not working today. Now, what was it you wanted to talk about?’