I know I have and do at times. One time I was so exasperated at the shenanigans of my daughters, that I blurted out ‘you don’t have half a brain between the two of you’. Not exactly the nicest thing for a mom to say! I guess I can justify it a little since I’ve read that humans only use about 10% of their brain capacity, so added together that would be 20% and that’s less than even a quarter of brain power (am I stretching it here?), but I really can’t get around that it just wasn’t appropriate not to mention positive!
Actually, it left a visible ‘scar’ on their memories. I know, because they have never let me forget it. It has become one of those family jokes. Their excuse for any number of silly, nonsensical things they come up with when together. And it became a catch phrase for Chris, their brother to use when he was exasperated with their actions.
Even though we laugh about it, I still have a suspicion that it still hurts a little when they remember the instance in which I said it. I can’t take back those words, but I’m sure trying not to open my mouth as quickly as I used to. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll avert making other really stupid, hurtful comments.
Good words to live by — Rash language cuts and maims, but there is healing in the words of the wise. — Proverbs 12:18 The Message