by Dan Seagren
Posted: July 5, 2015
As a jolly ol' senior, thirteen years shy of a century, there are ways of communicating I don't do…
As a jolly ol' senior, thirteen years shy of a century, there are ways of communicating I don't do. Like texting. Nimble thumbs and fingers do come in handy and more than once I have marveled at how some people can text lickety split.
Hang on while I text you for a moment. AFIK, I am at my computer but not far AFK. BFF is certainly true IMHP. Please, don't LOL because this is NBD. JK? Not really. TBH I don't expect you to TMB. SRY, TBH, I don't want you to go ROFL at my skillful effort, but YOLO so what works for you just may not WFM. TYVM, Danny Boy.
Here is the translation for those who need it: As far as I know, I am at my computer but not far away from the keyboard. Best friends forever is certainly true in my humble opinion. Please, don't laugh out loud because this is no big deal. Just kidding? Not really. To be honest I don't expect you to text me back. Sorry, to be honest, I don't want you to go rolling on the floor at my skillful effort, but you only live once so what works for you just may not work for me. Thank you very much, Danny Boy.
It's been years since I've been called that. We have a dear friend named Daniele. One day I called her Danny Girl catching her by surprise. Nicknames, texting and improvising are a part of our language skills but at times they can run astray of what was really meant. Communication is one of our beautiful acquisitions beginning with an affectionate Dada gradually evolving into Daddy but unfortunately can relapse into an unappreciative My ol' man.
Communication does involve words and letters, smiles and frowns, gestures, tones, volume and silence as well as interpretation and inference, reasoning and bias . . . Misinterpretation can occur, both deliberately as well as inadvertently. That's not what I meant is too often muttered along with If you would only listen . . .
Communication has a relationship to commune (a group of people living together and sharing with each other) but there is more: conversing together making something known and succeeding in exchanging information. Now that is quite a sentence that might have made Webster blink. Communication is much more than mere utterance important as that is. Communicating is an essential part of being human (EPOBH).
Dan Seagren is an active retiree whose writings reflect his life as a Pastor, author of several books, and service as a Chaplain in a Covenant Retirement Community.• E-mail the author (su.nergaesnad@brabnad*) • Author's website (personal or primary**)
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