This month I’ve been thinking about Personification, Glorification and Euphemisms. Now that’s a mouthful!
“Personification” is when we assign human qualities to a favorite object, and give it a special place in our lives. I’m guilty of that with regard to my little green car. I’m no longer calling him “Sprout.” He’s a big boy now, almost four years old. For his birthday I’m getting some new floor mats and perhaps a little touch up paint.
“Glorification” comes to mind when I think of the human heart. We all know how a heart looks. It is a muscle, not especially pretty. Sometime back in nursery school or kindergarten we learned to fold a red piece of paper in half and use our scissors to cut out a heart with a rounded top and shape it to a point at the bottom. Open it up and, voila, you have a heart. Who came up with that idea? Hallmark?
“Euphemisms” represent our refusal to call a spade a spade. We use terms like “powder room” “rest room,” etc., prettying up our language in a way similar to how we make those paper hearts.
There is a saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” I say, “Be careful what you love and the way in which you express that love.” Meanwhile, I think I’ll pick up a package of green frosted cupcakes for Sprout’s birthday on St. Patrick’s Day.