A Conflict of Words

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[image credit: Susan Clarke; Cartoons About Miscommunication; fun-damentals.com]

One day, a few words had it up to “hear” with being misused and misplaced in conversations! In fact, the word “here” just gave me the side eye for that first sentence. So, while I’ve been searching for words to write and the time to write them…a few of them had some issues as well.

First there was “reel!” He figured, since we work together often I should be able to understand his frustrations. I’m a driver for a telecom company and I often deliver reels of wire to several locations. They can get quite heavy sometimes so the work is very “real” to and for me. But, “reel” wasn’t feeling as alive! I told him he was having a Peter Pan moment and he needed to simply look at things in a different perspective. You may not have a pulse, but you allow communication to millions and that my friend, keeps the world alive! He “reelly” liked that…

“Steel” had been a victim of identity theft. He is responsible for many structures, inventions and innovative things that have made the world interesting and sometimes tragic. Steel made the Titanic, but the sinking always “steals” the headlines. Steel made skyscrapers, but the architects steal the notoriety. Steel has even been misused for evil! “Hear” in Chicago, steel guns are heavily used to rob, kill, and yes…steal. The world has tried using more plastic, but even that started to steal the ozone layer. I guess steel can’t catch a break…get it!!!??? 😉

Now these “two” over “hear” were inseparable, and that was part of “their” problem! They were way “too” close “to!!!” They had the same issue as their friends “there” and “they’re!” They all needed some time alone to understand who ownership lies with, where exactly does it lie, and how many persons, places, or things are considered. We won’t even begin to touch on the “lye’s” told while they sorted all that out!

Trying to keep my mind “staid” on the task at hand, I’m glad I “stayed” up to write this post. We must “raise” awareness to the conflicts our words create and be “rays” of hope for positive communication amongst each other. I can only hope I’ve helped out my word friends as much as they have helped me. Because now, I can always return “HERE” to be reminded of our bond and to as usual…

Embrace Nerdy Things!!!

 

 

 

We Only Serve Coffee Here!

One autumn afternoon, just as the sun was about to set, a blind man in his mid forties decided to take a walk through some neighboring blocks. He was revered in the area for being able to navigate the streets with relative ease, though every so often he was helped across intersections. He was always pleasant to talk to if even for that brief minute because he was quite hip for his age. After being passed along to a block he wasn’t familiar with, he heard some good urban music blaring from an establishment and decided to check it out. A kind voice greeted him with “hello, sir…can I get you something hot and steamy?” He chuckled and said “sure sweetie, whatchya got?” She says “well, we’ve got French Vanilla, Caramel Macchiato, straight Black…I mean, it’ll be easier if you tell me what you like!” Perhaps it was the soft, sweet, tone of her voice that put him at ease but, he was certainly now very relaxed and comfortable in this setting! He still seemed a bit indecisive, though. So, the woman says, “ok sir, how’s about you take a seat here and someone will be over to serve you soon?” He agrees and as he takes a seat grooving to Nelly’s “Hot In Here,” another equally sexy voice sits down at the table with him. “Ok, sir… so let me read the list of your options. We have a “Mexican Chocolate, a Natural Bliss, something Extra Sweet and Creamy, some Girl Scout Thin Mints, Caramel and Coconut, and even a Snickerdoodle,” if you’re into that sort of flavor. He says he cant hear her clearly over the music and asks her to sit closer to reread the list. He then begins to scoot closer to her, feeling for her arms and hands and complimented her on the softness of her fingers. Whispering something in her ear that obviously and greatly angered her… she abruptly stands up, slaps the shit out of him and says…. “Excuse me Mr., but this is not a strip club!!! ……We Only Serve Coffee Here!!!”

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