A Smiley Lady’s Blog: Am I a dork? And I’m Proud, Proud, Proud of it!

Am I a dork? Yep.  And I’m Proud, Proud, Proud of it!


Sitting on the beach, my hipster teenaged nephew once said to me, “Aunt Ruth, you’re such a dork.” Then realizing that might just hurt my feelings, he quickly added, “But in the best possible way.”


What had I done to elicit this remark? Well being the verbavour/vocabulary-nut that I am, I had just made the comment, “Aglets are so helpful with feaslings or we’d never get our laces through the grommets.” *


Around our house, “But in the best possible way,” has become a phrase we all use when we realize that something that just slipped through our lips might hurt those who are listening. It’s a wonderful way to bring everyone’s feelings back into the realm of the OK.

ONION SMILEY                    CAT FOOD SMILEY                    KHAKI SMILEY

Here’s some examples:
“This onion got left on the grill too long . . . but in the best possible way.”

“Man! Does that cat food stink . . . but in the best possible way.”

“Somebody’s filthy pants are messing up the living room . . .but in the best possible way.”

It’s nice to have a tool at your disposal, to help you take back something which was probably best left unsaid.

Smile. Be Happy.

* An aglet is the plastic or metal tip at the end of a shoelace. Feaslings are the fuzzy, frizzies at the end of an unraveling lace that the aglet so nicely controls. A grommet is the reinforcing ring on the fabric of your shoe through which you thread the agletted lace.

An admission: I heard the word feasling on N.P.R.’s show ‘Says You!’ When double checking spelling today, I was not able to find feasling in the dictionary. L.O.L., does that mean N.P.R. trumps O.E.D.? O.M.G., I’m R.O.F.L.! (I told you I was a dork).

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