Often, operating under the delusion that maybe after the 500th correction they will finally say it right, I interrupt with an emphatic "FAFsa!"
Other times I scrinch my shoulders and think fffffffffff sounds at the hamburger I'm frying.
Neither method has changed things so far.
Rhonda Strite, whom I know only from afar via Facebook and also through her being a friend of Amy's roommate Kimberly in Thailand, recently posted about annoyingly mispronounced words.
When people pronounce "strength", "strenth". Same way with "length".
So please, don't be one of those people.
--There's lightning in the southern sky this evening. I wonder how many Willamette Valley families were, like ours, out in the yard, wrapped in blankets, watching, gasping at the sudden flashes.
Iowa families would not do this, I'm quite sure, especially for lightning so erratic and far away. They probably don't get quite so excited about snow either.
Funny how this works.
In Oregon, families don't go out and dance in the rain like some people do in arid places like the Middle East.
Most winters, if the sun happens to come out in January or February, I go to the window and just Look.
I doubt they do that in Oman.
--If you've lost a loved one, the strangest things can instantly take you back. Right there.
Last week I washed some throw rugs, including one of the many Mom crocheted for me. It started unraveling, so after it dried I got a crochet hook and started working that long dangling rag strip back in.
Just like that, I was back in Minnesota, and Mom was on the couch with a rug in her lap and a sturdy steel crochet hook in her hand. Stab, loop, pull through, wrap, pull through again.
My hands were her hands, even though I don't think she ever formally taught me to crochet. The motion of the hook was hers, the firm grip on the rag strip, the determined yank to free the hook from the thick, just-formed stitch.
Grief that takes your breath away, just that quick.
Today we sang Abide With Me in church, and I was instantly back in that country church at my nephew's funeral, drowning in loss, and then big, blind, black Mr. Bear stood and sang eight verses of Abide With Me in a voice that came from the depths and reached to the heavens, a splash of stunning beauty in an ocean of pain, and years have passed and with the first note of that song in a normal Sunday service, I am right there again.
--Another woman whom I know only online, named Stephanie Leinbach, wrote about how she rebelled at being seen as a blogger.
I want to ask one thing of you. Please. Don’t call me a blogger. . . .
What Tropical Breeze is among Mennonites, blogging is on the world wide web. In February 2014, there were 75.8 million WordPress blogs, and that was only for WordPress. The world doesn’t need another blog, and when I signed up with WordPress in May 2014, I became (approximately) blog # 75,800,001.. . .
It took me four months to publish my first post. And during those four months, I told only one person what I was up to.
I found the whole situation mortifying. I still do.
You can read more here. Ironically, I think she has stopped blogging and now posts via email.
When I first read this post, I thought, "What? Surely that's just making a very big deal out of something inconsequential."
I am not like that.
Except I am, I realized a day later. Not with blogging but with cruises and Keurigs.
I have a horror of both. Not that I'd judge you for going on or having one, but if I succumbed to either I'd feel like I had finally been enslaved by utter American materialistic worldliness. Plus I'd be like everyone else, and I have this secret pride about being above such common things.
But then I saw a flyer for a Mennonite musical cruise, going from Seattle to Alaska I think, on which the great John Schmid would be featured, and also my old friend Dorcas Stutzman and her family, and other such people, and I was tempted.
If they asked me to speak on a Mennonite cruise to Alaska, I think I could justify it. Especially if they paid my fare, and Paul's too, and we could eat for free.
But the Keurig doesn't tempt me, not even the little tubs of Earl Grey tea.
Quote of the Day:
Me: What class are you taking at the University of Maryland?
Matt: Spacecraft Attitude, Dynamics, and Control. Only slightly easier than the teenage version.
Matt: Teenage Attitude, Dynamics, and Control.
Me: Ah. Indeed.