Guest Post: Blog Exchange

Please welcome my guest poster today from Goosie, Mousie, Daddy and Me. She's got "a pre-schooler destined for a career as a lawyer, a baby whose screams can shatter glass, a man who can drink his own weight in Natty Light, and a woman who's just trying to keep the kitchen floor clean, dammit." And come check me out here.

Mother, may I...?

Yes, that's correct. Not "...can I?" Because, well yes, you CAN. But MAY you? Heck no.

I grew up with several standards of behavior. Sitting/standing up straight. Saying "please" and "thank you". Responding "he/she can't come to the phone right now" when receiving a telephone call for an absent parent. But using proper grammar was also very near the top of the list.

To this day, it sticks with me. I have a hard time uttering the word "ain't". I correct Tacy when she begins a sentence with "Me and so-and-so". I can hardly keep from wincing noticeably when I hear people say "between he and I" or "she and myself will do such-and-such".

I listen to people talking and giggle inwardly at what the conversation would look like if it were written down, word for word. Nonsensical sentence fragments, pauses filled with "uh" and "like", thoughts ending in "whatever" or "sooooo...."

By no means do I think I speak perfectly. I don't write perfectly, even though I have the luxury of re-reading my words and editing them. Speaking well is significantly more difficult, and I know that if I were to record my own words and play them back, I'd be mortified.

So if and when I meet you, please don't expect too much. I will use "may" and "can" properly, I will use the correct pronouns and in the correct order, and you will not hear me say the word "ain't". But those vestiges of Valley Girl are still present, and I can't promise that I will refrain from saying "like". Because, like, I really want to chat with you at BlogHer. May I?

These posts are part of our May Blog Exchange on the theme Mother May I. Click around to read some of the other posts: Nancy, Vicki, Julie, Chase, Stacy, Christina, Jen, Mabel, TB, Mel, Izzy, Mayberry Mom, Amy, and Laurie. If you’d like to participate in the June Exchange, please email Kristen at kmei26 at yahoo.com. Enjoy!


motherhooduncensored said...

What a polite girl you are. And, yes you may!

Nancy said...

Like, I do it too, you know. Like, the like thing, I mean.

I'm with you on the grammar thing. J's mom, even though she's pretty well educated, says "ain't" a lot and it drives me up a wall. It's like nails on a chalkboard to me. You will never hear me say that, even for effect -- and I hope my girls don't pick it up either!

TB said...

I, like totally want to talk to you too. I'm much better in writing than in speaking I think. It's easier to edit that way. So maybe at BlogHer, I'll just send you a note :o)

Juliabohemian said...

my pet peeves are when people say

"on accident" instead of "by accident"

"this is her" instead of "this is she"

"you're doing good!" instead of "well"

Mayberry said...

Amen. And don't get me started on the rampant misuse of the apostrophe (in writing). If you must have a sign outside your house announcing your last name, please oh please do not include an apostrophe!

Amy said...

Very cute take on this. I agree with you but I make way too many mistakes without even realizing it.

Izzy said...

Dude...I'm gonna be, like, soooo self conscious now and be like totally afraid to like, speak in front of you, you know?

But this is actually a fascinating post because despite reading you all the time, I didn't actually know this about you!