Like all kids, I just wanted to grow up to be an adult so I could do pretty much whatever I wanted so long as I wasn’t breaking a law. Imagine my surprise when I saw this story about Google and the list of words banned from the autocorrect featrure for Android devices. Really? It shouldn’t matter that I can spell the words “uterus,” “lactation,” and “preggers.” I just don’t want to live in a world where I’m encouraged to say things like “my insides down there.” And, now that I’m thinking about it, what is taking the word “lactation” out of my vocabulary options supposed to encourage me to call that act–milking?
I really hate posting news of the weird, but some weeks, life is just that way.
This week’s winners:
Ok, maybe not winners. perhaps “articles of note” is a more apt description
Every family has secrets. Some are bigger than others. The ones I’m concerned with here are the ones designed to keep the daily emotional peace.
You know the type. It’s like the one where I tell my sister not to tell my mother that I’ve gone skydiving or otherwise engaged in adventuresome behavior, because my mom doesn’t get a say in my choice of activities, and I don’t want to have to fight about that, yet again.
It’s like the one where my wife doesn’t tell her mom when people she distantly remembers die, because her mom will worry incessantly about whether she’s next.
Perhaps most amusing about these secrets is what they sound like when their rules are broken. A friend yesterday described it best when retelling this conversation with her dad, who lives half a world away:
Dad: Honey, I’m so sick, I don’t know if I’ll survive.
Friend: Dad, have mom take you to the hospital
Dad: I can’t, she told me not to tell you because you’d worry. So, don’t tell her I told you.
I’ve always been a fan of the Abandoned Couches blog and today here’s my contribution to that space.
My mom called me this week to tell me about a woman who lost her mother at the hospital. ”Lost” as in “I can’t find her” not as in “she passed.” The story was told in an “I’m just warning you” kind of way.