M.E.S.S.—Sticks and stones may break my bones, but wor—HEY! Watch your language!! (part 1)

I’ve got bad news and good news… Would you prefer I start with the bad or the good?

Since you’ve left me hanging, I’ll start with the bad news—that’s how I like receiving news; I hope that works for you too. That way things end on a good note!

Bad news: There’s too much content in the articles I pitched last week to cram into one article; so I’m expanding them into their own series…! First up, M.E.S.S….

Good news: I’ll explain M.E.S.S. soon, but first I need to set up my explanation. However, before that I need to explain how I set things up… Please find my explanation for why I need to explain how I set things up below… <(இ_இ”)> 

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but wor—HEY! Watch your language!!

As a kid, I found verbalizing things difficult because I generally think in pictures/images. Furthermore, due to my relatively sheltered upbringing I lacked normal reference points. I just assumed everybody thought how I thought, so I failed to see why my parents started teaching me letters—they claimed that these tiny, simple pictures mattered. They insisted I needed to learn the damn things to get through life. I just didn’t quite understand the point of words, so I definitely balked at learning 56 (give or take a few) of these letters when I clearly didn’t need them… At the time I tilted off (i.e. I threw a few tantrums here and there) and learned begrudgingly. This attitude combined with my general incompatibility with my parents compounded the problem… I’ll delve into the compatibility issues later in this series—or perhaps a spin-off—but this story’s about the importance of clear communication, metaphors—especially words—and their impact on my life… The importance of words hit me as soon as I started talking to people. Tune in tomorrow for part 2 where I bring up an incident from my first day at school and my introduction to interacting with people… 

NOTE 1: I’ve purposely kept this article brief. Tomorrow’s article will be at least twice as long. I’m trying to gauge a good word count for my daily articles and to better inform my long-form essays. Do you like this word count for your daily read? If not, how long would you prefer them (for this sort of writing)?

NOTE 2: 56 comes from 26 English letters and approximately 30 Tamil ones…

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