Do we always know what they are talking about? No. But it would help to have some sort of dialog sometimes to dissect for an answer. These are some terms my family has used over the years to communicate with others. I guess it made sense to them at the time.
- Last morn – Cadence’s term for yesterday
- Pointed cheese – Kerri’s term for sharp cheese
- Dot your i – Blink your eyes (what Terri did when she was learning to spell her name and I told her to dot her i)
- Corner eye – This is the eye Jessie told me to look out of to see her in the back seat while I was driving. “Look out of your corner eye Mom.” She was about four at the time. I guess I had said too many times I could see her out of the corner of my eye.
- Tringes – I knew a girl who called fringes this. She wanted tringes on her costume. (Not family but we humored her.)
- Biper’s – Lia’s term for diapers when she was two.
- Figna – Surely everyone knows what this means! – Fixing to as in “I’m fixing to go home.” Not even good English! My girls and their friends used this term in high school. It sounded like they were too lazy to say two words. Just slurred them together.
Now there is a new term out there I’ve been made aware of. It’s BLANK – NOTHING – NO ANSWER – IGNORE! That’s it. I send Andrew a text because I haven’t talked to him in a few days and he was a little stressed with the beginning of classes this term and that’s what I get. All of the above. I should understand because he’s such a busy, busy, guy as you can tell from reading this and this.
I’ve sent him a few texts – “Balance in your account is $xxx.” “Have you started classes yet?” “Your refund came in. It’s in your xxx account. Use only for your books!” “Did you start back to work yet?” “I just deposited $xxx in you xxx account. Be frugal.” I’ve even sprinkled in “I love you” and “hope you have a good day.” To things like this I get no response. And did you notice the majority of these texts are concerning his finances? These are things he needs to know. Someone has to keep it straight. Does he even read those texts?
Oh we have other conversations. Sometimes pretty lengthy and informative ones. And as you can see – sometimes not. Often I get one word answers to my questions. “Yes”. “No.” “Maybe.” “OK.” This is where I have to read between the lines.
Sure he’ll get in touch if there is an emergency so I let it go for a day because I wouldn’t want to be blamed for adding more stress to his overloaded mind. Then last night I send him another text because I’m not very patient and it seems he has fallen off the face of the earth. “Are you ok?”
This was his answer a few minutes later. “Did Dad check on that drumset?”
My response was, “No. He’s been sick. Will check with playground this week. I guess this means you are ok?”
Twelve hours later and I’m still waiting to hear…..