The Norman Transcript


December 27, 2013


NORMAN — Even though we are aware of what it means to be human, we still experience a jolt or two when we come face to face with the reality of things humans can do. For today’s purposes, let us exclude the evil that humans are capable of inflicting on others.

Many of the general things involve good judgment and/or logic. Some people may refer to it as common sense. Whichever word or phrase you choose and when you observe behavior contrary to any of the foregoing, you have several choice responses.

One of the frequent and shocked exclamations which may pass our lips is “Oh my God!” However, in this acronym infested time in our linguistic history, your go to response may be

“OMG” or the more drawled out “omigawd.” In either case, people will know what you mean.

This is usually used after we hear someone open his or her mouth and insert both feet, just to make sure we notice his or her bad judgment, inattention or stupidity. In our father’s case, the most common reason for some of his OMG moments was inattentiveness on his part.

For example, he enjoyed visiting and exploring cities. The exploration was more often than not conducted on foot. As you may have guessed, this practice was not necessarily the safest method, but he had his own platoon of guardian angels who managed to keep him safe in spite of his best efforts to endanger himself.

On one such walking tour (but not necessarily the only time this may have happened), father entered a café and bought a coke. Back then cokes cost well under one dollar and he handed over a bill, telling the cashier to keep the change. Fortunately, the cashier was honest and pointed out that the bill was a twenty dollar bill rather than a one dollar bill. Heaven only knows how often our absentminded professor parent did the same thing and the recipient kept the change.

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