I enjoyed slicing yesterday with a prompt from Old Friend from Far Away by Natalie Goldberg, a great book on the art of writing memoir. My prompt for today is “Begin a ten-minute writing with No Thank You. Every time you get stuck, write No Thank You again and keep going.”
No Thank You. That’s what I say to young children when they’re doing something I’d rather them not do. I’m not sure who I learned it from, but I have found it’s more effective than just saying no, and it’s much more polite. When I taught preschool for six months in 2017, I said No Thank You often, sometimes with a gritted teeth smile, willing them to stop doing whatever they were doing at the moment that was driving me crazy. I occasionally say it to adults when I don’t particularly like what they’re doing. Well, I say that or No ma’am. Imagine me saying it with attitude. It’s not a polite No ma’am when I say it in this context.
No Thank You, Covid-19. You’ve come into our lives, disrupting everything and effectively changing life as we knew it. While we don’t want it to go back to exactly the way it was before, we’re tired of the way it is now. Bring back some normalcy, please.
No Thank You, I don’t want to receive three emails a day from your company. As if bombarding me with emails will make me want to spend money with you. Play a little hard to get, will ya? Throwing yourself at me like this is a sure fire way to turn me off. In fact, if I’m honest, I’ve stopped even opening the emails you send me, deleting them– sight unseen. I wonder how you feel about that, knowing I am no longer even tempted to open your messages, despite the subject line tempting me with a sale.
No Thank You, cold weather mornings. I’d very much like to go back to the mildly cold mornings that we had earlier this month. I’m so over wearing my winter coat, especially since you’re just going to warm up again by mid-day, forcing me to carry said coat around later. Make up your mind already!
No Thank You, alarm that’s going to go off in 7 short hours. I’m not looking forward to being awoken from my deep sleep too early in the morning. I long for lazy mornings when I can wake on my own rather than from your annoying buzzing.