From the Editor's keyboard By Lynda Duffy firstname.lastname@example.org Musings, thoughts and ideas from Lynda Duffy, editor of Williams/Grand Canyon News.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The 'S' word
Lynda Duffy Former Editor
It's funny how some words trigger the feeling of being terrified. Absolutely. Terrified. Mine is the "S" word. The "S" word is "So."
So. The simplest word of all. One syllable. So.
My problem with so, is no one in my life ever starts off a positive sentence with "So."
No one has ever said, "So, let's go on a picnic."
"So, let's go shop until you cannot walk."
"So, you can have whatever you want for dinner."
Better yet, "So, you don't have to cook tonight. So, let's go to Denny's."
Whenever I see someone puff up like a toad, take a deep breath, with a cocky demeanor (said person(s) always right ... in their mind, anyway), say, "So ... " I want to light a cigarette and wish to heck the focus is not on me.
So, here it comes.
Huge. Pregnant. Pause.
I always put my best nonchalant gaze on and start thinking of a logical answer before I hear the question that will ultimately follow.
"Soooooooooooo ... when are you going to quit smoking?"
"Soooooooooooo ... when was the last time you cleaned out the inside of your truck?"
"Soooooooooooo ... when are you going to do something about your closet?"
"Soooooooooooo ... when are you going to admit you were wrong?"
So. Such a simple word. It's wrong that "So" equals huge consequences. Please say it isn't so. Just for today. We'll think more about "So" tomorrow, Scarlett. "So" will never go away, and life is too short to worry about so.