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Friday, August 19, 2011

Silent Moments: A Guide

This week on Writers' Post we've been asked to blog about silent moments. I'm sure we will read many beautifully heartfelt sentiments about those who are touched beyond words. This is not one of those. Below is advice for the socially challenged.

The Rhetorical Question
Remember when in the heat of a problem your mother or teacher asked you, "Do you think I'm stupid?" Trust me. It's best to provide a silent moment after these questions.

Too Much Information (alias TMI)
"Sorry I'm late but the dog got sick. He blah, blah, blah on the blah, blah, blah. This one was really gross! It looked like blah, blah, yackity, yack." Oh please just shut up. People don't care to know the inner workings of your body or that of your baby's.

To the Policeman
When the arresting officer says, "You have the right to remain silent," take his advice. It will do you no good to say, "I ain't been drinkin' occifer."

And of course I remember my son's freshman year of high school when he spent the night at the next door neighbors house--a boy his age. Although we required our kids to keep a curfew (at least the unfortunate first born child), our neighbor was much looser with the rules.

On several occasions, my husband would point out an older teen who would park his car at the end of the cove yet remain in it. Noting this suspicious activity, hubby would hang by the window and wait. Eventually the car would move forward and the two curfew breakers would step outside. This was my husband's cue to confront the boys right before they slipped into the car . . . at midnight of course. On one occasion the friend turned to my son and said, "I told you we should have waited longer!"

Aaaah, silent moments. They are the safety nets under the trapeze of life.

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15 comments:

Jenn said...

Great take on silent moments---they aren't all heartfelt and warm--sometimes the cat gets our tongue and we are stunned into silent oblivion. I'm really sure that police occifer would appreciate it if the person requested to remain silent did so as well!! HA HA!! Cheers, Jenn

Rhonda @Laugh Quotes said...

"I told you we should have waited longer!" This has to be my favorite line of the week. LOL. Love your silent moments.

shelly said...

What's wrong with TMI?

Joyce Lansky said...

Thanks for the comments.

cherie said...

Hahaha!! Loved this. So true and so funny! :)

Claudia Moser said...

Great approach on the theme!

Mike said...

Sometimes the wisest words are the ones left unsaid. Interesting take on silent moments.

Sandee said...

Silence is indeed golden. You made me laugh out loud and especially with the last one.

Have a terrific weekend. :)

Langley Cornwell said...

Super take on the subject. On another note, I'm sorry your dog is ill, I'm thinking about you and the pooch.

Joyce Lansky said...

Thanks everyone. @Langley, unless things drastically improve, I think we're going to put him down this week. He doesn't eat, can't walk, and his middle is swollen as if his system is backing up. We put him on a blanket and pulled him into another room to be with us. I think he wants to go. Cancer/auto-imune diseases suck--as does old age. :(

Nita Davis said...

Two thumbs up for your humorous insight on life's safety net. Unfortunately to often the mouth engages before the brain.:D

Kathy29156 said...

LMAO, I love it!! Most times it is better to keep one's trap shut!! Great blog!

Kathy
http://www.thetruckerswife.com/index.html

Paula Martin said...

There are definitely times when you8 HAVE to stay silent - if you can!

Just Another Thought Online said...

These social suggestions also remind me of occasions where silence is revered and there is that one person who always has to eat a hard candy.

Word Nerd said...

Shutting up is far better than having to "open mouth, insert foot." Well done!