Wednesday, May 19, 2010
How Many Words?
My paternal grandfather had a saying: 'You are born with a certain amount of words. Once you use them up, you die'.
Not a very cheerful thought.
But it might explain why most members of my family don't waste words. We tend to speak when we have something worth saying (or that we think is worth saying - there is a difference!), and we fill the silences with laughter. I love that my family laughs a lot.
I like silence. I don't feel uncomfortable with gaps in conversation.
If by chance my grandfather was correct and we only have a certain number of words, I think I'm safe with my speech. But I can only hope that written words don't count. Because then I'm really in trouble.
Posted at 8:14 AM