On Sunday I spent the afternoon with my granddaughter, Maya. After she corralled me for a good 45 minutes into making play dough butterflies, she told me she was hungry. Now Maya is a little bit of a fussy eater and does not have a large appetite except when it comes to sweets. I try not to make a big deal out of her finishing her plate because I am always worried about girls developing eating disorders.
Well, I made her the pancakes she requested and she filled her whole plate with them. (I know, not the most nutritional lunch but hey, I am the grandmom.) It is no exaggeration to say that this was a tall stack for a tiny person. Without thinking about it, I said, ” Maya I will be SHOCKED if you finish that plate”. Well she was just charmed at first by that word SHOCKED and we started joking and having fun with it. But somewhere along the way she started worrying about the word and her demeanor changed from happy and laughing to a little scared and worried. I think at three years of age, she thought she knew what I meant by the word but then got a little nervous about maybe SHOCKED was a bad thing. I stopped the word game and she had her lunch and all went happily from there.
But it got me thinking about the power of words.
Isn’t it strange how with the combination of just 26 letters and the inflection of your voice, you can make someone smile, or you can fill their eyes with tears?
My Sunday visit ending up being a potent reminder for me to watch those very powerful combination of letters before they roll out of my mind and exit my mouth.
Wishing you a week filled with kind words,