Let's Talk with Diane A.S. Stuckart
Period, comma, exclamation point…
I was at my hair appointment a couple of months back, about to pay my stylist, when I heard the ominous tones of the Imperial March from Star Wars. Nope, Darth Vader wasn’t approaching. It was the ringtone on my cellphone assigned to my hubster. (Hey, Honey, it’s all in good fun…honest!) I silenced the ring; then, as I don’t have the thumb dexterity to type fast, I went to my message app and swiftly dictated the following:
Just finishing up with my hair appointment, comma, I’ll call you when I’m on the way home, period, Give me five, period.
As I hit “send”, my stylist broke up laughing.
The other woman laughed back and agreed she never used punctuation in her texts, either. I merely shrugged. I’d never realized I was some sort of crazy writer outlier who took the time to send properly formatted messages rather than relying on textspeak. (In my defense, I’m not above the occasional OMG or LOL. But I do draw the line at U and UR.)
Anyhow, I paid and went on my way, but the situation got me thinking. Our professions and avocations and hobbies all cause us to look at the world a certain way. Because I am a thrifter with shops on Etsy and eBay, I always drive slowly on trash day in case someone is getting rid of something perfectly good that I could keep or resell. Because I am a paranormal investigator, I always review the photos my home inspector husband takes of the places he inspects. (You know, in case he’s accidentally caught a ghost on film.) And because I am a beekeeper, I always take note when we’re out what plants and scrubs and trees are attracting bees.
Yep, we all have our “tells”. I’d love to know yours. Comment below and let us know…what little thing do you instinctively do that demonstrates you are an accountant or dancer or computer expert, or whatever?
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