wings and things

A way with words

on May 22, 2015

Despite the fact that Ming always loathed anything to do with literacy when he was at school, he has a wonderful way with words and, like Anthony, often comes up with the funniest phrasing.

The other morning I was about to go in to see Anthony and, wanting to add a bit of colour to the day, now that the weather is wintery, I’d dressed in an orange shirt and a multi-coloured jacket that had a bit of orange in it. As I was about to leave the house, I had this brief conversation with Ming:

Me: Do you think this shirt clashes with the jacket, Ming?

There was a long pause as he looked at me, his brow furrowing in exactly the same way Anthony’s is furrowed.

Ming: I have a bit of a problem with the jacket, Mum.

Me: What? But it’s my favourite jacket!

Ming: Well it makes you look a bit like a hippy.

Me: I’ll have you know it was a very expensive jacket and everyone else loves it!

Ming: They must have very poor taste then.

Me: Well thanks a lot, Ming, for the vote of confidence! I had wanted to be like a kind of rainbow today for Anthony’s sake.

Ming: Oh! Sorry, Mum. In that case your outfit makes perfect sense but it is TOXIC to the fashion industry, just so you know.

I couldn’t stop laughing on my way into the nursing home and wondered if Ants would have the same reaction. So, on entering his room, I asked him how I looked.

Anthony: Messy.

22 responses to “A way with words

  1. Well, that’s two out of three votes. Guess you could just keep on asking more people until you get the answer you want. πŸ˜‰ My closet is full of clothes like that!

  2. tootlepedal says:

    I see that you are surrounded by sensitive men.

  3. Terry says:

    That coming from 2 men, made me laugh so hard. Compassion when Ming found out you wanted to brighten Ants up, so changes his words, and then Ants, coming straight forward out of his mouth with his thoughts. lol, enjoyed this post

  4. He is funny… ‘you know the saying “if you don’t really want the answer, you shouldn’t ask”… I tend to do the same thing though, expecting the person to always say… it looks great!.. but when I don’t get that answer or there is a long pause before answering, I know I shouldn’t have asked… Diane

  5. Judy says:

    I love all of those words – You are a toxic rainbow hippy! How messy of you. “Orange” you great? Don’t let this color your day – stay in the humor place. It’s a better place to be. πŸ™‚

  6. Like father, like son. Are you sure that they should be in charge of the local fashion police? Huge Hugs Jules πŸ˜€

  7. Vicki says:

    TOXIC (to the fashion industry) ?

    PRICELESS! (that one gave me the best laugh I’ve had all week, Julie).

  8. Colline says:

    Gets it from his father maybe πŸ™‚

  9. I love your “boys”. πŸ™‚

  10. haha, great support from the men in your life, huh? ❀
    Diana xo

  11. susanpoozan says:

    Like son, like father.

  12. My Heartsong says:

    Too funny! C’mon, Julie, I want to see this jacket!And the heck with the fashion police!

  13. tersiaburger says:


  14. janeslog says:

    If you like and it fits and looks great on you then just wear it. Don’t worry about ‘fashion’. Have you seen some of the outfits they have at fashion shows? Most of them you would not walk down the street wearing unless you wanted stared at or people laughing at you.

  15. Hahaha! Trying to imagine a Toxic Rainbow Messy Hippie jacket! Please share a picture of this amazing piece of clothing!

  16. says:

    Hi Julie, laughing at this post, thankfully our Ming is too young to know who “Ma Sheila ” was otherwise you could have bee put in the same boat..

    Ming & Anthony certainly have the same way with words. Still laughing…

    I’ve not forgotten about your painting been oh so busy, finally finished the church at Capel today what a big relief to know I’ve finished it before the winter really starts.

    Mike x.

    Sent from my iPad


  17. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful πŸ™‚

  18. ksbeth says:

    hilarious! that is why we have kids i guess, to keep our egos in check )

  19. if you ask then you must be prepared for the answer as you know. i never ask my younger sister about what i am wearing and that includes if i wear makeup! she would tell me the truth and that might not be good for either of us:)

    i love the banter, it comes from so much love, you are all so lucky to have each other!

  20. Tiny says:

    Boys are boys! Hippy sounds good to me, messy a bit more questionable πŸ™‚

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