Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Improper Poll: NOW I Get It

When I was a little kid, I noticed—since I’m so sharp and all—that all calendars had the same name across the top: SMTWTFS. I thought that SMTWTF’S was a company that had a monopoly on calendars. Then one day in school I was daydreaming—which is pretty much how I spent grade school—and noticed that the teacher had made her own calendar. Weirdly enough, it still claimed to be owned by SMTWTF’S! That was when I finally went, “Ohhhhhh.”

Did you have something you believed when you were a little kid?


  1. For the longest time in elementary school, when I drew a picture of a landscape, the clouds were blue and the sky remained white.

    Was that due to laziness or my screwed-up view of the world? Who knows...

  2. I have done that a lot with song lyrics. For example, I think the singer croons "We three kings of Orientar" and think it's some city from long ago.

    Critter Alley

  3. Well...there were the tiny people performing inside my TV that were for some reason black and white.

    And the broken piece of concrete culvert beside the road that I was sure was Jesus's tomb. I couldn't understand why there weren't signs around it, and tourists.

  4. I thought the tap on our bathtub was made by someone named "Galtbrasscoltd" and I kept trying to figure out how to pronounce the "coltd" part. I was sure it had something to do with young horses, but couldn't figure out the connection between bathtub taps and colts.
    It didn't dawn on me until years later it said "Galt Brass Co. Ltd."

  5. Words always tripped my trigger and it was always an aha moment when I figured out owords that were combination of two words. Recently I noticed a sign, Cuivre River. I said, "OMG Cuivre as in arrow!" Bill said, "And how long have we been coming here?" He said it nicely. He's patient.
    Imagine my surprise when I discovered that clowns were NOT a separate species, seriously! I was a kid. Honest.

  6. Tammy, a lot has happened in the last couple of months. We bought a home in Brunswick, Georgia in June, came home and sold our house in 8 days, and moved into our new house on August 15. Just wanted you to know why I have been absent!

    Just before I started 1st grade, my dad told me that on the first day, there would be a brass band there just for me. I believed him. I was gravely disappointed.

    Later, I believed that "natural childbirth" was when the father had nothing to do with creating the baby.

  7. I believed that a birthmark on my lower ankle was from spilling Hershey's chocolate on it. I thought it stained my skin. DUR.

  8. I like your blog, ;)

    When I was little, I saw my mom had a tattoo of a star on her butt cheek. When I asked her what it was, she said it was her birthmark... I was in my teens before, while daydreaming, I went "...heeyyy!"

    I'm a sucker.



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