Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Double entendres

It's interesting how we use words. For someone who loves books and writing and is very attuned to words and their meanings (and use), I've been really interested in how little attention I've paid to many phrases that seem to ironic now that this has happened.

When I was organizing our clean-up party, I told someone that I wanted to organize shifts so that people didn't get burned out. It's a phrase I've used numerous times, but this time the irony sat in the air, mockingly.

Last night we were at dinner with some of the other families and volunteers. I was asking one if this had become her full-time job. She told me that as of today, she was fired. It was an interesting choice of words, but the only one that was appropriate (though she was joking).

One of the names that we considered for our son was Ashton. If we hadn't been so sure we wanted to name our son Kellen, I might have gone back to that name under the circumstances. I think he might have enough stories though for now.

We burn calories, burn the midnight oil, burn the candle at both ends, burn our bridges, fight fire with fire, talk in rapid fire, get caught in the crossfire... and right now, it's a sure-fire way to get a funny look or even a chuckle around the families whose homes were, that night, caught in that crossfire.

1 comment:

  1. Loved reading this! Excellent last paragraph. (I had to comment, so I even registered!)