I want to be hip. No, it's being cool that I want. Well, maybe I am not sure what word I want to use. I do know that when I hear people and by people, I mean most recently the WCPSS School Superintendent tell a reporter that we need to "cowboy up," I get confused. Am I supposed to saddle up on a horse or cheer for Dallas? Either way, "cowboy up" is fairly harmless.
What I don't understand is what I am supposed to do when someone suggests I "grow a pair?" or is it 'grow a pear?" I prefer the latter because at least I can learn how to grow a pear by watching helpful videos .If it's the first, I am not sure what's intended. I am a girl.
After giving some thought to growing things, I decided maybe it's ears we need to grow. Ears to hear how we really sound. Kaitlin Nootbaar, Prague High School valedictorian had her diploma withheld because she used a curse word in her graduation speech. According to Kaitlin's dad, his daughter meant to use the word "heck." Wowzer, if heck was a word she used often, it would have naturally rolled off her tongue when she was in front her peers, family and the school superintendent who doesn't plan to release the diploma until she apologizes for using the other word that begins with an "h."
Wowzer, indeed. Let's all grow a pear and find more creative ways to express ourselves than using fowl language - leave that to the chickens!
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Liza is the Faith Filter columnist for the Cary News. Her stories of faith and lives changed by trusting in God are published about four times a year.