Friday, May 6, 2011

How Stupid is This?

  So, we went to a book fair at the kids school the other day. Sweet Pea found one of those books aimed at young girls that asks all these silly questions like 'If you could be any food, what would you be?' (chocolate) and 'What's the grossest thing in your refrigerator?' (artichokes of course - shudder) and 'What's the best part of a sandwich?' (the peanut butter).

And then there was this question: 'If your name was just a single letter, what letter would it be?'

Well, I can't get that question out of my mind. There are so many good ones to choose from!

  • I is simple and straightforward. It doesn't make any assumptions or promises. It is what it is. And if you want to dress it up, put a dot on it. Simple. Straightforward. No-nonsense.
  • J is similar to I but with a little bit of flair. Still simple and straightforward, but with a little give, a little compromise.
  • K is somewhat off-kilter. It's not symmetrical. It's a non-conformist. It's forward facing and optimistic, but also grounded in reality.
  • M is symmetrical. It's stong. It's sexy. It makes a statement. It's got some swagger.
  • N is almost symmetrical but it's got a little slant. It's a little bit pessimistic. It likes to blend in.
  • O is nice. Symmetrical, simple, yet not plain. It has motion. It draws the eye. It's not afraid to be a little different, but in an understated sort of way.
  • U is an empty vessel - always craving knowledge, soaking up trivia, yearning to learn more. It's trustworthy and friendly.
  • V is similar to U but sticks to fewer topics. No trivia for V, only hard, fast facts. It's more rigid and unforgiving.
  • S is smooth. It's flexible and open-minded. But it's a little bit sly and slippery. I don't quite trust S.
  • And then there's Z. Z is just way out there. It's not symmetrical. It's got hard edges and points and it's got movement. It doesn't back down, but moves forward -always forward. It's on the move - a one-way track to what's to come. It's not afraid to be different. 

Oh, the possibilities are endless! Well, OK, not endless, there are 26 letters to choose from, but still - 26! And I didn't even consider lower case! Or the cyrillic, or the chinese or ancient greek alphabets. Delta Δ might be nice. Or pi. Π Oh my! I just can't choose!

So, if you could be any letter, what letter would YOU be?


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