Friday, April 15, 2011

Open Mouth, Insert Foot


Have you ever said something out loud and then thought, "Why did I say that?"

*please say yes*

Now, let me ask you this: have you ever blogged something (and I mean published it), and then thought, "Why did I write that?"

Well, both the former and the latter have happened to me, the latter having occurred not just two days ago. It started simply enough, I was just completing the ABCs of me and enjoying myself. In the moment, I thought nothing of it.

Today, however, I was working on a project that required redundant work, so it gave me time for my mind to drift. It drifted this way and that and then...BAM! I realized what I said in my ABC blog was downright offensive. I immediately went and edited it, but I feel the damage has been done, so I am apologizing.

If you'll remember (or maybe not, if you don't remember you probably didn't get offended), for D (Dogs) I wrote, "None, but we have two retarded special needs cats." (Just typing it makes me feel icky.)

This is offensive. Not to the cats, but to me and to you. The thing is, I was trying to be funny in equating my cats to being dumb, which they both most certainly are. However, I NEVER should have used the words I used. I don't use them in real life (it's a fact folks). Plus, it made me look as if I refer to animals/people with special needs as retarded, which could not be further from the truth.  The fact that this is how I made myself sound makes me cringe in a real way.

Those words, that phraseology, is not indicative of who I am or what I am or what I was raised to be. If you were reading along, enjoying yourself and then had to glance twice at the "d", then to you, I am sorry.  I don't use that term flippantly (or at all) anywhere else in my life and I certainly will not begin to use it here.

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Kari said...

I'm being completely honest when I say....I didn't even realize it. But I've done that before and I know how you feel.


Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

Don't worry, I do ding dong things like this all the time. Sometimes I write and publish so fast that I don't even notice things. Those of us who know you love you and know that no harm was ever meant!

Brittney said...

I didn't see it but I know that word is very hurtful to some, but I can tell that you didn't mean it any kind of way and I am sure no one even noticed it.

A Rancher's Wife said...

I noticed, but knew what you meant and appreciate you acknowledging it. I too am guilty of saying things I later wish I hadn't. It happens. We are only human. :)

Sharde said...

thanks for letting me know, i loved getting to know you a bit more! :)

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Hev1128 said...

I admit, I noticed. But- I call my cats that too....I think I personally don't think of it in a negative way when referring to my cats....but it would be different in reference to human. Does that make me a bad person? I dunno. I guess it's a context thing.

Thanks for admitting the mistake though. Very brave.

Nicole said...

I think that everyone has those moments, but what is awesome is that you had the courage to bring it up again and try to make amends. That couldn't have been easy!