Bling on the Posse, Homegirl!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#R1-0003085 PA#RS347136

As my daughters were growing up, my vocabulary expanded in amazing ways. Beyond the words I knew, I was introduced to the vernacular that was sometimes brand new and sometimes, much to their chagrin, simply resuscitated words. 

"Salt" was one of those words I remember. I tried to convince my daughter that we'd used the word "salty" long before the kids were just throwing "salt" at one another. Every time I'd chime into a conversation, most of which happened when I was driving a group of kids around in my car, I'd say, "Salt!" and she'd laugh and say, "No, Mom, it doesn't work there." Heck, even now, looking it up in an online slang dictionary, it's got a lot of different variations. "Look at them salts over there" and "Wipe off the salt" and "Dang, that's salt!" (And if she reads this blog, she's going to be laughing, thinking I still don't know how to use the word.)

 

Then there were other words like Bling and Posse that just made the two of them shake their heads at me, declaring there were certain words that shouldn't be uttered by a parent. 

 

I have gone from being inappropriate to just... wrong.

 

Now though, they think the things I say are cute. I don't want to admit that they've grown up, even though it's obvious that they have, but that must have something to do with it. You grow older and perspectives change. Things that might have bothered you, no longer do. Things that might have been annoying are now... cute.

 

Do you find that with your business, too? Do you let some things slide that used to bother you? I think it's important to learn discernment. Pick your battles. Don't let yourself get stuck on all the minutia. Do draw the line when things are wrong but don't lose your joy in picking battles that really don't need to be fought. 

 

As for me? Bling on the posse, homegirl! I'm off to seize the day!

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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Monica - what a clever post about the power of words and how we use(and abuse, perhaps) them and how interpretations change over time.

Carol Williams - if Monica's post is not "found" by a gold star by the time you choose entries for SCS Second Chance Saturday, this is a very good candidate in my opinion.  

Jun 02, 2019 09:15 AM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your experience. I would definitely need some additional training!

Jun 02, 2019 09:29 AM #2
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Carol Williams
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Hi Monica,
The only way I survived adulthood and, particularly, having five step-children was the ability to pick my battles.  One of my greatest talents is discerning inconvenience from crisis. It makes life so much easier to handle.   

And, yes, our perspective on things does change over time... especially when some of those people who did those silly little annoying things are gone. 

Jun 02, 2019 10:04 AM #3
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Monica. I think you are right. It is good to pick your battles. I enjoyed this. TY    Sheila

Jun 02, 2019 10:13 AM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Monica- I can remember years ago when a (younger) friend of mine and I were talking about our husbands and she taught me about picking your battles. I am always a work in progress in that area. 

Jun 02, 2019 06:41 PM #5
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Bob Crane
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Hi Monica,  I occasionally irritate my children by purposefully misusing the words, or worse yet, I make up my own meanings - oh they really love that one.  There is no way to keep up with the ever changing vernacular.

Jun 02, 2019 07:52 PM #6
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                                                       Thank you , Monica.

Jun 08, 2019 07:17 PM #7
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Monica Hill I can relate to all of this....my teenage granddaughter talks the talk.... I don't interject anymore.... 

Jun 09, 2019 04:52 AM #8
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I'm glad Kathy Streib included this in her weekly post! Picking our battles is definitely so important. And also deciding when we might want to have a battle! Timing is key as well.

Have a great day.

Jun 09, 2019 05:00 AM #9
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Monica - my girls have grown up.  I only heard one or two of those words with no idea what they mean.

Jun 09, 2019 06:12 AM #10
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Hahahahaha, this is very cute, Monica. Having three grown children, I can relate. As for letting some things slide, oh absolutely. Dont' sweat the small stuff. 

Jun 09, 2019 07:01 AM #11
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Love this post Monica Hill ! Bling on the Posse Homegirl - now that's one I'll be using!! Our grandkids look at us sometimes and roll their eyes - don't those old people know anything!!  I'm still laughing at the kids thing!! And you're so right, let stuff go and move on. That's my style!

Jun 09, 2019 11:35 AM #12
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Cindy Edwards
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I love this.   You could go a step further and talk about the new "dating" rules and terms too!

Jun 09, 2019 03:26 PM #13
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Great post!  I can see why Kathy included it in her list this week!

Jun 10, 2019 06:23 AM #14
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Jill Sackler
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I like your story. I've long said that everything can't be a fight.

Jun 11, 2019 08:48 AM #15
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Hi Monica:

I can certainly relate to this having raised a couple of daughters. As parents we were so ill-informed in some ways! And now with the next generation, and of course all the lingo on social media, especially texting, our vocabulary could keep lots of us guessing. 'Cha!

Jeff

Jun 11, 2019 08:05 PM #16
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