From Janelle:

Why are written words so much more powerful than spoken words? Is it because they’re visual, they are printed on paper or in an electronic format, stored perhaps forever? Or is it the way our brain processes them, because they do exist and one can see them, are they therefore more commanding and important? Written words are meant to be read and reread, each person reading the words see the exact same words as the person before him although each experiences them differently.

I see words in my head, they float around me, wanting context, proof of existence. Words pour out of me, desiring to be written down, crowding faster and faster in my mind so that I can barely get them down before they escape my memory and evaporate forever as I grasp for them much as a child attempts to capture bubbles from his wand as they float just out of reach.

Spoken words are unimportant, irrelevant, forgotten before they’re uttered. Our words were lost this week. Words are meant to be heard, words are for direction, instruction, information. We have been lost in a sea of words, crashing against each other like waves in a storm or we’re on different currents, swirling around each other but not making contact with words. Each sees things a different way and we can’t seem to verbally paint a picture so that the other understands.

Do we try again or acknowledge the fact that it is so and not create additional frustration and conflict? That we see differently as well. We did manage to decide on flooring and faucet/air vent/garbage disposal button/soap dispensers today. Progress.

From Lewis:

I agree. Words are important, but when words are used to invoke thought towards a discussion the only words that actually stick are the FINAL WORD. Until then most of the words are absorbed and given consideration to towards the Final Word and some just disappear once their usefulness is gone. So find that final word embrace it, make sure it makes sense. Then write it down just in case you didn’t make it clear that it was the FINAL WORD!!! Or of course write it on a Dixi cup and tape it to your sink.



4 Responses to Words

  1. Celeste says:

    So true you too!!! Great Blog this week!!!

  2. Dee Wood says:

    Aren’t relationships weird? You guys do communicate well … but, you’re in the middle of complete construction craziness! Occasional meltdowns are totally allowed.

  3. We normally communicate pretty well but this week we were not connecting at all. The written WORD finally did it for us. There’s just something more serious about a written rather than spoken word and it seems to work for us…

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