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Words I love.
Tinker. A light little word that frees up my mind; it even makes me feel five pounds lighter. Tinker makes me smile. I feel like a kid again (an only child), my parents left for work which means Mom taped a list of jobs on the front of the refrigerator, but in-between those inconveniences, the rest of the day I have the house to myself to...tinker.
Tinker gives me permission to do whatever, and I don't have to be good at it because--I'm just tinkering. Fiddling around, playing, puttering, tinkering with an idea. It's the perfect rescue if I don't want to enter into a conversation and someone asks, "What are you doing?"
"Oh, just tinkering." Enough said, and no one asks me anything further.
Unblemished. What a heavy word. It's not a selling point if you boast it's unblemished, because I'll run the other way. Flawless, immaculate, it all sounds like a lot of work and responsibility, and I'm setting myself up for failure. This is why I don't like to buy brand new furniture, or a brand new car, or brand new shoes. Too much pressure for me. Which leads me to another favorite word...
Vintage. I love vintage clothes. I live in a vintage house (1925) and I'm getting a little vintage myself, too. But it doesn't bother me a bit, because when I looked up vintage in my thesaurus, who wouldn't want to be vintage? "Best, choice, classic, classical, excellent, mature, old, prime, rare, ripe, and venerable?" Call me vintage any day!
Acquiesce. A genteel, refined way to say no, when I really want to yell, "How can you say yes? How stupid can you be?"
And then there are times when I really don't want to hurt someone's feelings, but the answer is no. So instead, I use this gentle phrase, "Thank you, but it's just not a good match--for me."
Share some of your favorite words. Email me Suzanne@DearReader.com
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