Dawn weirdisms...

@dawnald (84155)
Shingle Springs, California
April 7, 2009 10:41am CST
My Aunt Sylvia's latest husband, Jack, had a heart attack yesterday. Seems like he's going to be OK, but it was a bit scary there for a while. But heart attack is not the subject here, it's my weird thinking. You notice I called him my Aunt's husband rather than my Uncle. Well here's the way my mind works (or doesn't). Basically if you were my Uncle when I was a kid, you're my Uncle, by marriage, not by marriage, doesn't matter. But if you married into the family when I was an adult, you're just the husband or wife of whichever Aunt or Uncle. That's my Dawn weirdism for the day. Do you have any of your own little weirdisms?
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@novataylor (6572)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I like your weirdism, Dawn. And I have so many, I don't know that I could name them all here, darlin. Ok, here's one: I know that 'starboard' is on the right, and that 'port' is on the left. But I know this because 'starboard' has more letters than 'port', so it naturally belongs on the right. How's that for a weirdism? And my left foot is 'odd', my right foot 'even'. And I can do mirror writing....you know, when you write something backwards with your left hand, while writing the same thing forwards with your right. Weirdisms and weird things? Yup, I've got a few..........
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
Which reminds me that I have my own little weird thing with right and left. When I'm driving I have no problem whatsoever determining right and left. But when I'm not driving I really have to think about it and sometimes I get it wrong.
• United States
7 Apr 09
I think left is odd and right is even as well.
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• United States
8 Apr 09
Dawnald, think of your right hand as the non-married hand, and the left one as the married hand. That might help. And Katsmeow? I'm SOOOO glad you told me that!!! It's infinitely cool to hear that someone else thinks of it that way. Do you ever think that your particular brain is a little bit different from other brains? Yeah, me too.
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Apr 09
I hope that he will be OK Dawn. That must be very scary for everyone. I have had "Aunts" and "Uncles" that were friends of my parents. I have sisters on here who I really do think of as sisters. Even though we've never met in the flesh. LOL. Crazy I know. But I genuinely ask for their opinions and take their advice.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Apr 09
It's positive news so far....
@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Apr 09
I shall keep my fingers crossed.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Apr 09
Thanks. :-)
• United States
7 Apr 09
yea,we do that too.it's funny,one of my married-in aunts who actually divorced my uncle we still called aunt.she apologized for doing so,and we said "that's ok.we don't blame you.we know he's an a**hole.we're surprised you lasted this long" she seemed startled for a second,then laughed.she thought we were gonna turn our backs on her or something.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
that's pretty funny... Actually one of my uncles got divorced and the family tried to reach out to his ex, but whatever happened between them was so bad she wanted nothing to do with any of us. Too bad, she was kind of funny, but basically really nice...
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• United States
7 Apr 09
yea,that happens sometimes.it's sad though.we had somebody else do that in the family,she finally did make contact ten years later,she said she just couldn't face us then.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
Who knows? Maybe she will eventually...
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
7 Apr 09
Your reasoning makes perfect sense to me! I'd look at it exactly the same way. I'd probably have coutless weirdisms I think, but for the life of me I can't place my finger on any specific ones at this moment. Maybe that in itself is one of my weirdisms?
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
Yes indeed. Normal is the new weird...
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
7 Apr 09
Wow! I don't think it's ever been alluded to before that I'm normal??
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
And I lie...
@cynthiann (18629)
• Jamaica
8 Apr 09
I think the same as you. I do have lots of wierdisms but limited time access to pc. Mine crashed. Just saying hello unti after Easter. Many blessings
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Apr 09
Happy Easter to you. And wishing your computer a swift recovery. lol
@riyasam (16582)
• India
8 Apr 09
hope he recovers soon!!1it takes some time to accept a new relation like a stepfather is most likely to be called by name by his step children.it takes then sometime to accept him.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Apr 09
He seems to be doing OK so far. I hope so to... Yep it takes some time!
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
8 Apr 09
That isn't all that weird, dawn. I mean if you didn't grow up thinking of him as an uncle, why would you now? It'd be weird. Likewise, my family had some close friends that they were so very close to that I called them aunt & Uncle. What a surprise to learn as I got older that there was no blood relation at all between us!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Apr 09
It is weird for me and yet some people have no problem doing it. Example, my step brother calls my Dad Pop (which kind of creeps me out a bit, actually)...
• Tunisia
8 Apr 09
To call him" aunt husband " or uncle that's a habit and the name doesn't matter , what does matter is the respects!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Apr 09
I guess so...
@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
7 Apr 09
Hope your aunt's husband is all right and my prayers for him to get stronger. Actually I have the same situation. My father's sister, so my aunt also remarried, so with her second husband I don't call him uncle either but his first name Walt.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
Seems like pretty good news so far and thanks for the prayers. He's not out of the woods yet...
@katsmeow1213 (29016)
• United States
7 Apr 09
I totally understand your thought process there. I'd feel the same way. I have plenty of weirdisms... Okay, here's one. My husband thinks this is the weirdest thing in the world... I think it's normal... you tell me. I have different levels for different words. For instance "pretty" is higher up on the scale than "cute" and "beautiful" is better than "pretty". "Great" is better than "good" and "awesome" is better than "incredible". It totally drives my husband nuts because he's terrified he's going to use the wrong word to describe something. He's pretty much figured out my top word on any scale and uses that anytime it fits. I don't think he's ever called me "cute" which is good because then we probably wouldn't be married.. but he refers to his old high school girl friends as "cute"
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
Why of course there are different levels for different words. To some extent it's probably a matter of preference, but it's also just language. I think it's pretty normal.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
7 Apr 09
It's interesting that you should mention this, my sister in law was my sister while by brother was alive, but now I think of her as his widow. Maybe it's because she is pulling away from his family I still love her as always it's just that the relationship has changed.
@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
I haven't actually changed how I think of somebody based on life changes. For example, my Uncle John is still my Uncle John even though he and Aunt Barbara have been divorced for over 30 years. I think my brain is still fixed somewhere back in the 1970's. lol
@mysdianait (64068)
• Italy
7 Apr 09
Hi Dawn. I think like you on that one too. Also when I was a kid ANY adult who was a friend of the family was called 'aunt' or 'uncle' by me. My mother taught us to do it that way even to the next door neighbour. Even now that I am olde(er ) I still call them in the same way. Some things just stick!
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
7 Apr 09
With friends and neighbors it was always Mr. or Mrs. so and so, though later it was first names. But whatever it was when I was a kid, that name or title always stuck.