"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place."
-- Unknown
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

If I only had the hutzpah... whatever that is

Weekly writing assignment from Mama Kat: List ten things you would say to ten different people in your life...if you had the hutzpah. (inspired by Cassandra from Cassagram)

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these, so I figured I was overdue.

We all have things that we hold back – comments we want to say but simply don’t have the hutzpah to spit out. I’m using my context clues with this one, seeing as I have no idea what hutzpah actually is… I guessing it’s nerve? Gall? Guts? Am I close? (We’ll just pretend I am.) So, if I had the hutzpah, I would say:

To a certain self-pitying friend: Enough already! We’re here if you need us, but there’s only so much anyone can do when you lock yourself in your house. Sometimes life sucks for no apparent reason. Move on and LIVE YOUR LIFE.

To an old college professor: Dude, I missed two classes all semester. I came in late (still during roll call) a few times. You gave me an FA. Failure to attend. Seriously? Then you told me I could write a paper for each absence, which I did. With a broken wrist. And you still failed me. Oh, did I mention I made an A on every paper I turned in that semester? Yeah… I loved repeating your class. Jerk. Get over yourself.

To the woman wearing a tube top and falling out of her hip hugger jeans at the grocery store: No one needs to see that while they’re shopping for food. You’ve single-handedly made the entire store lose their appetite. Thanks. Please come back when you’re not dressed for the Jerry Springer show.

To someone who will remain nameless: You frustrate me beyond belief. I’m not sure how to handle myself around you and that terrifies and confuses me.

To my parents: Where are my musical genes? Where is my rhythm? Why can’t I clap to a beat or hum a damn note on key? I blame you. Seriously. I could’ve been a rock star.

To one of my long-time besties: Honey, I love you, but a giant Coach bag (while gorgeous, I’m sure) is not something I want to hear about when I’m telling you about my breakup. I’m very excited that you have a generous boyfriend who spoils you rotten, but bringing that up when I’m telling you about my misfortunes? Not so cool. Just sayin’.

And finally, to myself: Loosen up and believe in yourself, chickadee! Life is too short to doubt yourself so much. Have fun and quit worrying and over analyzing every situation!

Well, I didn’t make it to ten, but that’s all I have for now. And ya know? It felt good to get a few of those off my chest. I might have to do that more often.

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey, just because you have no rhythm doesn't make it my fault, girly...I can sing, I know I can...just ask me...
M

(maybe it was your dad)

Lacey said...

I like your new layout, Heather!

And this is a very good list. I think I need to track down some of this hutzpah...

septembermom said...

Your new layout is beautiful!! I love it:) You had tons of hutzpah in that one! That college professor did have some ego trip. I had a couple of those in college. The woman in that tube top hangs out in my favorite store I think too:)

sherri said...

I think you've found your hutzpah!

Loved this! Maybe you should print this out and send them...anonymously.

And the one about your friend- how oblivious can she be?

Dan said...

Really heading out early for Mama huh?

The only thing I can say about your friend is that maybe she just babbles on because she doesn't know what to say. There are people like that out there.

Trudy said...

Heather, you're FULL OF IT! Hutzpah, that is. I feel better for you!

This is hysterical! I'm still LOL at the tube top in the grocery store!

Kitten said...

You've got hutzpah and moxie, girl! I hope some of it rubs off on me! :)

P.S. Love the new layout. :)

hebba said...

Love the new look! Like the prompt (and your response) I may join in the game this week.

Jessica said...

I loved this! I might have to try this sometime. I can only imagine you felt much better after letting all that hutzpah out!

I like the last one the best. If only we would listen to ourselves more often.

Dan Felstead said...

Heather! What a great thing to do...you very tactfully got things off your chest and humorously as well! I love it. I think we all should do that from time to time. Great post.

Also, I just wanted to let you know that I have been extremely busy over the last few weeks with "Summer" duties and that is why I have not commented as much on the blogs I am following. Hopefully, things will slow down a bit and I can get back into the swing of things. Still visiting...just not commenting as much. With Summer's end, things will change.

Dan

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

love the new look!!!! and yay Im glad gettin it out helped!!!!

TheSingleGirl said...

Great post!! I loved reading all of it...especially about your self-absorbed friend...I've got one of those but I think she has Tourette's or something because I can pour my hard out after a horrible day and she'll look at me blankly and say "You Toopid!"

Yeahhh.

And I guess people think Jerry Springer does casting from the grocery store (hmm...could be?) because I see too many of those skanks around here, too.

Stopped by from Mama Kat's...

Have a great day!!

:D

Jody said...

Gotta love the fashion challenged people at the grocery store. UGH.

Anonymous said...

Heather, let me just say that the rhythm thing runs in the family. When we sing in church and then they start clapping to the beat. It's either sing or clap but not at the same time. If I try to clap while singing I get off beat.

Aunt E

Jenners said...

You go girl!

And your note to yourself sounds just like the journals I wrote when I was about your age!!! No joking! It gets better!

And I LOVE LOVE LOVE the no rhythm one! Too funny. I love this side of you.

Kim said...

This made me laugh! I love your guts here. And shame on your BF for talking about her new purse while you are trying to pick up your insides!

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