"Only Kidding!" (When Hurtful Comments Hide behind Humor)
Sunday, February 02, 2014
I responded to a blog this morning that made me think. Which can be a dangerous thing. (smiling) It was a blog about how hurtful comments in childhood affected us.
My immediate recollection was one person close to me at the time during childhood who told me that I'd never drown because "sh#@ floats." He would always say, "just kidding." But I have always noticed, throughout my life, how many people take liberty to say things in the guise of humor.
Granted, humor can indeed be an effective tool in expressing topics that are otherwise too sensitive to be addressed. But it's quite another to say hurtful things and hide behind "just kidding."
Fortunately, I had the unconditional love of my grandparents that counter-balanced this type of message directed at me so I never had it affect my self image. Not sure what the point of the story is, but just wanted to share this train of thought this morning.
On another note, I am bundled up wearing three layers of clothing and freezing. My house is 65 degrees and in San Diego, to me, that's below zero. I had to turn on the heat and when I do, visions of that enormous bill pops into my head. Yikes! But burrrr, it's cold! Yes, friends, I would literally perish in truly cold climates.
Wishing all a fun day. May your team win, if you are into that.