For the record, I don’t suffer from psoriasis but if I did, I’m sure I would hate it. I just chose that to illustrate my point [which, in the scheme of things is useless but somewhat interesting].
I’ve become fascinated with how we communicate. Probably because the way we communicate is changing so rapidly. And, in my humble view, it’s not always for the better. I guess it’s cool that we can connect with each other 27/7 using a mind-boggling array of methods from e-mails and texts to [insert method of your choice] from wherever we are in the world. It’s convenient, I admit . But it’s making us all a little more impatient and lazy in a certain way. I’ve gotten so used to getting answers RIGHT NOW that when I don’t get them? I start getting serious ants in my pants and I have to remind myself that I sent that text question 12 seconds ago. Getting an answer back from my waxer about whether I can come in for a Brazilian next Friday isn’t urgent and doesn’t require an answer in 30 minutes or less or it’s free like a fucking pizza delivery. I constantly have to remind myself to stop, take a breath, and buy a disposal razor if I have to. It’s not the end of the world.
But never mind all that. What I want to talk about here is what I’ll call “the symbolic sentence movement” for lack of a better phrase. You know, using those little emoticons to denote feelings or set the tone of the written word?
Yes, I use them in moderation. Like Botox. But I really only like two of them: the smiley face and the heart.
Smiley faces are nice. They denote happiness. Hearts are wonderful because they denote love. So prolific is the heart symbol that in their absence, we can just spell out the word and everybody gets it.
I heart puppies.
I heart Spanx [not really but you know what I mean]
I heart furry little bunnies.
But what about things you don’t like…or even hate? Where’s the symbol for that? I mean, everybody hates psoriasis, right? I mean hates it! It’s horrible.
Since emoticons are used to alert a reader to, according to Wikipedia “the tenor or temper of a statement”, there should be a symbol for it.
Given my limited tech knowledge, there probably is but I just don’t know the right key strokes to make it appear.
So I made my own hand-made version: the upside-down heart. Seems fitting that turning a heart upside-down would be a gentle substitute for the word “hate”.
I [upside-down heart] war.
I [upside-down heart] Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
I [upside-down heart] those tiny wrinkles around my mouth that nothing will fix. Grrrrrrr.
Yeah, somebody smarter and quicker than me has probably already come up with this upside-down heart notion.
I [heart] my upside-down heart.