Sunday, May 9, 2010

Wow, It's Sexy Outside!

A friend of mine recently told me this story about her six year old son.  On a summer day he came running inside, flushed and sweaty to announce to his mother, "Wow, it is really sexy outside!"  His concerned mother asked him, "What are you talking about?"  "You know," he said in that I-can't-believe-you-don't get-it voice that kids have, "Sexy means really hot, and it's really hot outside today."   Needless to say she-got-it and nearly cracked up.

Words are funny that way aren't they?  Ever think you knew what someone was talking about only to discover you were way off base?  Ever think maybe your family or friends were talking another language?  Coming from a different experience all together?  Sometimes I talk to my children for instance and our memories of the same event is so different, you might think that we didn't experience it together after all.  On the other hand, ever meet someone and feel like you had instant rapport, like-you-had-known-them-your-whole-life after a couple of minutes of conversation?  Don't you just love it when that happens?  What makes the difference?  What creates that instant relationship?  I think it has to do with perception and a willingness to see through someone else's eyes or walk around in their skin.  It has to do with letting go of our own prejudices,  letting down walls, speaking through the heart as well as the head.  It has to do with a commonality of values and experiences.  So how are things in your world?  Is it getting sexy outside?

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