It's Nobody, Just Me.

images-1We need to rethink the word ‘just.’ Not as in being a just person, which is a fine use of the word, but rather the way I hear women (why is it men do not do this?) use it time and time again.

Tonight I went to a new memoir writer’s group, where a lovely women answered the door.

“Hi, I’m Christine, a new member of the group.”
“Hi Christine, I’m Anna, but I’m not in the group, I’m just the other half of the man who is.”
I smiled my best, I’m not an ass smile and said, “Well, I’m sure you are the other half, but not ‘just’ the other half.”

Words matter.

Then I went to get sushi after the group ended by myself.

“Just you?” the lady said when I walked in.
“No,” I answered firmly. “But it is me eating alone tonight.”

Then there are the messages on my cell phone. “Hey, CM, it’s just me. Call if you want. Catch up soon!”

I’m not just one. I’m not just Sarah’s (the fabulous daughter I’m not allowed to blog about. Did I mention she is a lawyer?) mother. Or, just visiting. Or, offering just a little something I made for dinner. Trust me, if I make anything for dinner, it’s a big deal. A big deal. So we are moving ‘just’ out of my life for 2014.

Let’s make it interesting. Moving forward, if anyone I know and love and reads this blog uses ‘just’ the way I just described it when you are in my presence, you owe me $50. Ok? Just a little bet to keep you on your toes.

3 comments to It’s Nobody, Just Me.

  • I JUST read it. You crack me up. And my kids think I think too much! Miss you!

  • Sue

    Bravo! The word Just has been a pet peeve of mine for a long time as in I “just” want to add 50 people. or Just put a dinner for 20 together. I especially hate…Just one??
    As I always say… “There’s no such thing as just”

  • I agree. Why would the alternative, to make something a big deal, be something to avoid? Would seem that keeping things simple, small, insignificant, not a bother, no ado is actually to make them BORING and NOT WORTHWHILE. And, how is THAT desirable? Quite the tide to turn…$50…. you’re going to get rich!

    So, how was the sushi….

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