Hubby did bedtime routine last night while I moderated #ppdchat on twitter and then did a conference call for work with collegues in China. They all headed to bed. It was late and dark. Almost quiet in the house. And the doorbell rang.
My heart skipped a couple beats. I hoped hubby would come downstairs to answer it, but then was pretty sure he couldn’t hear the doorbell. What to do.
I prayed it wasn’t a polite robber or mass murderer wanting in my house as I walked to the door. I opened the door…and saw a shadow of a guy holding my dog.
“Damn dog!” Yup, those were the first words out of my mouth. That was the second time yesterday a neighbor had returned the little escaping houdini dog. Grrr….
Ha ha ha. “Yeah, I was taking out my garbage and I heard this rustling noise. Kind of scared me.”
Would have scared me to bits, but thankfully this guy was a little less timid than I, found the source of the noise to be my dog and returned him. I thanked him and went back to the safety of my kitchen. Hubby came down toward the end of this and got my version of the story.
I even admitted the “damn dog” greeting. Hubby was nice enough to add, “Oh yeah, Jesus saves.” Yes, He truly does and I believe that with all my heart.
Now here’s the question. Did I ruin my witness to this guy with my dog comment? Or, more to the point, when I am at work and that word escapes, do I ruin my witness there? Does that negate all else I may say about God, Jesus and the Church? Does it damage what I may say or does it make me more real, more approachable?
I’m not perfect, but I do work on my language. I work on not saying everything that pops into my head. And I succeed in not saying a lot! Trust me. But other things…
What say you? How has your language changed since having kids? Better or worse? How is the internal monologue? Better or worse? What does mild swearing do to someone’s witness? Do I need to eradicate it all or is it okay to Just Be Enough here?
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