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4.03.2013

DEGREDATING CHEERIOS



Words entertain me.  I find them quite fascinating.  Words are as exciting to me as probably a football game is to some or antiquing for treasures or web designing is to others.

I can think of nothing that hits and parodies what our hearts, heads, hopes, hurts, humor, joys, fears, questions, doubts, and triumphs hold silently like the power of a word to set them in concrete.  Not only do the words pronounce a precise Webster's definition, but they also paint a brush stroke of the inside of a person through the delivery of the words, the timing, and the emotion behind the words.

Over for dinner tonight, a dear friend of ours let fly the statement, "Who pissed in your cheerios?"  I let out a hearty laugh as I had never heard that phrase exactly.  Come to find out, I was the only one in the room who had not ever heard that vernacular. Where had I been all my life!!! 

The connotation of it was sublime.  It was concise, to the point and explicitly clear in questioning the origin of a persons foul mood from the moment they started the day off.  I just had to use it.  It had to be spoken.  It was a bit of truck driving blue collar so you think I'm a redneck kind of a statement.  And, I liked it. 

It was one of those statements that came in under the radar directly into someone's personal space.  This direct line of fire statement got the point across because it was cloaked in a reference to both urine and the toddler loving cheerios cereal.  Who is going to continue their growlie behavior when someone uses the word piss and cheerios in one accusatory question?

I thought about the places that it would fit for me to repeat this phrase - a time in which I could fully utilize its humorous power to call someone out for their grouchiness.  My sisters came to mind.  The thing is they are never grouchy with me.  They occasionally tell me about feeling grouchy which usually involves being irritated with their mates or children, or possibly a co-worker from time to time.  It just didn't fit for use with them.  

There was a definite glimmer of use with Big D.  She can get sassy from time to time (who could figure a recovering menno getting sassy!).  The phrase might snap her from her sass back to her people pleasing ways.  Since she is recovering steadily from the bondage of being a people pleaser, I didn't want to stop her from sassing.  Sassiness is way better than people pleasing bondage.

Since I couldn't really come up with a time or person to use it on, I decided to post it as a comment on our friend's (who had said the phrase to me earlier during dinner) Facebook post of a picture of the dinner I had made.  He said something like, "Dinner at Doug and Nancy's was very good:)"  Out it came, inappropriately in response to his compliment..."At least I didn't piss in your cheerios!" 

He informed me it was a statement that needed to be made in the morning.  I told him that you just can't keep a good quote in until morning!  For me it was like putting a Brach's caramel in front of me and telling me not to eat it until tomorrow.  It can't be done!

The next time I encounter a disengaged or rude sales clerk I think I might have to whip that phrase out. 

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