I don’t know why it is, but there are some phrases that I can’t forget. Phrases that have been spoken by real people in my real life (as opposed to fictional people in my creative life) and that live on in my memory long after they were first uttered. No one could have expected that these phrases would live on for me, certainly I had no idea, but they have.
“I had a permanent bruise once, but it went away.” I said this, and I meant it, and my boyfriend at the time laughed for ten minutes. Okay, okay, I do know what the word permanent means. I do. This was a bruise I got by sticking my leg out of a amusement park ride, and my shoe got stuck in the track, and my body was locked into the seat, and man, did I get a bruise! I had that bruise on my shin for years. I’m still calling it permanent.
“The Birds is a ridiculous movie. Nobody in that town had a shotgun?” Big D said this and after I laughed for a few minutes, it did strike me that he had a point. The setting of all the mayhem was a rural fishing town. A few shotgun blasts would kill a whole bunch of birds and scare away the rest, or at least make them very wary. Mr. Hitchcock? I think you have a slight plot problem.
“I don’t know why the Pilgrims just couldn’t make a few adjustments and get along in England.” My mother said this when I was a kid in school and we were studying the founding of America. I still remember staring at her in open-mouthed shock. I thought she was missing the point entirely. She was equally certain she wasn’t.
”I think something’s wrong with my prostate.” Only Girl said this after listening to Big D review his annual physical. Her two brothers laughed themselves sick over that one. Only Girl is very suggestible. The boys will still occasionally ask her about her prostate.
Any phrases that have stuck with you over the years? Crazy moments you will never forget?