Saturday, May 2, 2009

I'm (not) Sorry

A few weeks ago while driving home from a soccer/lacrosse/track or some other kind of sporting event I passed by this cute young woman holding up sign and waving her arms at traffic. It was on one of the busiest corners in town. My curiosity was sufficiently piqued that I turned around and went back to get find out what prompted the strange sign and to ask permission to take her photo.

She explained that she often says "I'm sorry", even when it isn't needed. For some reason a group of her friends decided that to break her of this habit she should stand on the corner for 30 minutes telling everyone that she is not sorry.

If I had given more thought before writing this post maybe I could have come up with some earth shattering insights into evil acts or unkind deeds. Or maybe a long diatribe on the healing powers of forgiveness. But I didn't. I just thought she was cute and was a good sport about letting me post her photo (yes, I got her permission).

So if you were expecting something profound, I'm sorry.

No wait. I'm not sorry.



athena said...

I need to quit saying "Does that make sense?" I think it sounds degrading to the person I've said it to. Although I don't mean it that way.

The Duchess said...

I LOVE this! One of my major flaws is I say "I'm sorry" all the time - I've been doing it my whole life (I am sure it's due to some early childhood trauma) and I've had many people tell me to stop. I am thinking, inspired by this woman, that I am going to make a placard and if I say it during the day then I have to wear the placard for the rest of the day - you all can help me do this. What I need to do (and I've been thinking about this since the other night) is stop doing things that I feel sorry about.

Also - Athena - I say does that make sense to my students all the time - and then I say - don't complain later when you don't get it if you don't speak up

bleason said...

Gumption, both of you.

The Numismatist said...

Whoa!!! Hold on there! This wasn't supposed to be a thought-provoking post!

I'm sorry if it made anyone uncomfortable! No wait, I'm not sorry. No, I am sorry. No wait...

Me said...

That is such a good and funny idea!