WORDS FROM W.W. August 30, 2012
“58 and Cute!”
I had an interesting experience yesterday. I was in the speedy-no time to waste-self-checkout at King Soopers. As I was scanning my items an elderly lady who had been at the self-checkout right behind me finished her order and was starting to exit, but she stopped and touched me on the arm and said “You’re cute!”
Yes, she was in her late seventies, probably about five fingers away from my mom and dad, who are both 84.
I smiled at her and replied, “Thank you! I guess it’s not often that a fifty-eight year old gets told he’s cute!”
“Well, you are! I know! I had five sons, and you’re cute!”
Okay! I’ll admit it! It pretty much made my day. Now…I have to give some of the credit to my oldest daughter, Kecia, because I was wearing the dress shirt that she had bought me for my birthday.
I had just come from the funeral of one of our neighbors, so a comment such as that lifted my spirits.
Two words. Isn’t it amazing how two words from a senior citizen at just the right moment can turn around a day? The reality, however, is that the balance of two word comments are either negative in tone, or meaningless in content.
“Love you!” gets outdone by “Hate you!” or some other verb in front of “you!”
Our word selection can bring hope or divide and separate. With the same tongue we praise God and curse men. (James 3:9) With the same tongue we affirm and defeat.
One disclaimer! I walked into Starbucks this morning and got a cup of coffee (Not unusual. In fact, I’m sitting in Starbucks right now drinking the coffee and listening to Spotify.) The employee preparing drinks asked me, “How is your day going?” I replied “Pretty good! How about yours?”
But by the tenth person in a row she asked the question to I realized she was following “the party line.” The answer to her question wasn’t really what she was looking for. She was seeking a quota. How many customers can I say this to?
That’s not all bad, except when you have the impression she wants to know how your day is going and then you find out she really doesn’t…it’s just a little too “fakey!”
Genuineness in our words puts a fragrance within them!
Meanwhile, if a sweet elderly lady comes up to you and tells you that you’re cute…I don’t want to know about it. I’ve whether live in the fantasy world, at least for a while, that I’m the only one.