Posts Tagged ‘habits’

After all the years of having to get supplies for returning to school, first for myself and then for my kids, I have found myself going through a kind of withdrawal at back to school time for the past few years.  No longer do I have kids heading back to school.  No longer do I need to catch the best price on binder paper, folders, ink pens, pencils and all that stuff.  No more backpacks to buy, which is good because those things are expensive!  I remember having to buy three backpacks for the kids each year and they had to be Jansport with the leather bottoms if they were going to last at least half the year.  The three cost me well over $100 each year and my oldest usually went through two of them each school year (more books to carry to and from the high school). 

These days I find that I still venture over to the school supplies section at the store during back to school time.  I no longer get anything.  It’s tempting.  I will even pick up a pack of pens and think about it but then I end up putting them back.  And binder paper.  That was always one of those things that you had to get enough of at the beginning of the school year, while it was on sale, or you’d pay five times the price during the school year if you ran out. 

The other day, while at Target, I sort of meandered to the school supplies and was about to walk away, realizing that I didn’t need any of those things, when Anderson walked up to me.  My daughter has started letting him walk around the store on his own these days (not always a good idea but hey, it’s her child so I can’t say anything).  He walked up to me and grabbed my hand and pulled me to the crayons and markers in the back to school section.  I laughed.  I guess it won’t be long until we have to start getting him stuff at back to school sales and prices!  He didn’t get any of it that day.  I had to distract him.  He did have crayons a while back but his walls are now “custom colored” so he can’t have them anymore unless we’re eating out and they are needed as a distraction (that’s why I keep a bunch of them in my purse, too).

When we got back into the car, I had to move his backpack out of the way and it reminded me of back to school stuff again.  His backpack now is just a lightweight kids’ Spiderman (he calls it Diderman) backpack but before we know it, he’ll need one for school.

And although I did think of getting school supplies for him and saving them until he needs them, I thought better of it and didn’t.  It can wait.  And of course, he’ll want to pick out his own pencils and paper and supplies. 

Yeah, I can wait.  It won’t be long.

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I’m sure all of us get tired of hearing certain words or phrases that come into vogue from time to time and just refuse to go away.  I refuse to use them.  Not only is it because that’s my own little, teeny, tiny contribution to try to get rid of them but in most cases it’s because they are so juvenile that they just don’t fit into my everyday vocabulary.

Probably the one I am the most sick of is OMG.  Really?  Really?  How many of us say this in every day life?  How many of us said it before it became popular, vía texting and the internet, a few years back?  Doesn’t it sound juvenile to say this?  Doesn’t it sound like something a teenager would use?  I don’t know about you but the last time I was a teenager was about 35 years ago!  I’m not using it.  And I give little thought to things I read that use this “phrase”.  Now that’s another thing.  What do you call this?  It’s not really a phrase.  It’s not a word.

BFF.  That’s another one.  This was something we had (or thought we had) in high school.  It’s a nice thought and I sometimes wish that there were true Best Friends Forever out there in the real world.  Maybe there are but it has been my experience and my observation that if someone has to use BFF, it’s really not real, it’s just wishful thinking; one of those things that we say just because we want it to be true.  So stop with the BFF and the GF already.

DH.  This one is not quite as bad but I really don’t like it.  It’s sort of on the same line with BFF.  If you have to say it, it’s not really true.  How often do we, in real life conversation do we say something like, “I was having dinner with my Darling Husband the other night when by Best Friend Forever called and even though we were in the middle of a romantic moment, I said, ‘Oh My God!  I have to get this!'”?

There are also some other phrases and speech patterns that I just don’t get.  They aren’t bad.  They aren’t wrong.  I just don’t get them.  When I hear them it’s like hearing chalk scraping on a blackboard.  What are they?

Oh man!  To use it once in a while I guess it’s not too bad but there are some people that use it every other sentence.  I thought it was something that we outgrew in the 1960’s!  At least I did, my friend.

See, that’s the other one.  If I have to say “my friend” when talking or writing to you, what does that say?  Is it really natural to go around referring to people to their face by the relationship they have to you?  For example, do you say something like this:  “It’s been great chatting with you but I have to run to pick up carpool, my neighbor!”  Or: “I’m sure you’ll do a terrific job when you work on this at home, my student.”  Or:  “Thank you for letting us leave on time today, my boss.”  Or: “I’m so glad I got to catch up with you today, my sister!” Or: “I have to go now but I’ll call again soon. You take care of yourself, my mother.”

I don’t know.  Maybe it’s just me but don’t these make you cringe?  They do me.

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