A clever friend of mine in elementary school found that nonsensical question amusing. He would say it with tones and inflections as if it were an incantation. Meanwhile, it was just a question with something intentionally left out.
I was reminded of it while reading my Family Life devotional this morning.. There was a link to one of their helpful marriage articles called……
Hey, wait a minute Empath, did you just say you were reading your FL devotional?
Nah, you must have misheard me, you know better.
Anyway, the article is called 10 Ideas: Helping your marriage last a lifetime. Idea number nine is the one that reminded me of my elementary school chum the wordsmith.
9. Be objective and take the emotion out of problem solving. “If I say something to you that’s disrespectful to you and I don’t really know it, you need to trust my heart.” (Mona Sproull)
Do you see the similarities between my buddies gibberish and Mona’s in number 9?
Words mean things. Specific things. Here, however, we have a set of words strung together, the heading conveying its point clearly and the tag line more than negating it, allowing the reader (almost exclusively overwrought women) to be an antique sideboard and a fresh pomegranate at the same time.
This buries the Mounds/Almond Joy nut dichotomy for all time.