Thursday, September 2, 2010


The things people say can shape us, our choices, our lives, who we become and how it all turns out...

Don’t worry about your curfew tonight.

Why are you marrying this guy?

The unemployment line is too long on Mondays.

You’re too loud.

You want too much.

You never deserved me, anyways.

Are you sure you don’t want to move back home with us?

I think you should move back home with us.

I'm worried you will always need the drama in your life to be happy.

Maybe you knew what you were doing all along.

You’re the coolest girl I’ve ever hung out with.

You guys are gonna end up together.

If you let me, I’ll take care of you forever.

Why don’t we just move in together?

Will you do be the honor of being my wife?

I’m ready.

I’m sorry, but the fetus stopped developing weeks ago.

When you feel like you're drowning, hold onto me.

Yes, you’re pregnant.

It’s a boy.

I think I'm happy with just one.

I think I want another one.

Let’s buy a bigger house.

Yes, you're pregnant.

Yes, it's definitely another boy.

This is harder than I thought.

This is getting easier.

I'm happy; are you?

This was inspired by Maria's post at Mom of Three Seeks Sanity on "Things you thought you'd never hear." She was inspired by a comment made by someone about pink eye, of all things! What started out, for her, as a funny post turned into something bigger and more important. Then when I tried her angle, my post took on a life of its own, too. As I started to type, my memory took over, and this is what came out. It was strangely stream-of-conscience-like and cathartic.

Funny or important, memorable or painful...what words have been spoken to you?


  1. That was really well done and so interesting. (I wonder how many parents want their kids to move back in.)

    I DO!!!!

  2. Liz, what a wonderful list...So many memories, so many moments captured with a phrase. So beautiful...I hope it helped cement those things that really ground us, and let go of those that made us change into the strong women we are...Kudos, friend. You did good!

  3. What a beautiful and telling list! Thank you for sharing.

  4. "You want too much. You never deserved me anyways."

    Who WAS that asshole??!!

  5. if you keep dancing in front of the mirror, jesus will stop blessing us.

  6. Lovely - so little in terms of words but such a long story

  7. Wow that was really powerful.

    "You live wide open. You're exactly you."

    One of the best compliments ever. I've been trying to live up to it ever since.


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