My Editor

June 21, 2008

Today, my dear one caught up on reading my blog.  While he was out of town, he was using one of those security encrypted (or whatever) laptops from his job so he could work.  Apparently their idea of security is to make it virtually unusable!  But, that’s a different post.

I heard him from the other room start to laugh as he read the snake post.  I smiled.  After all, next to God, he is the one whose opinion I value the most.  Whose approval I still want.  Then he came out of the office to tell me that one of my posts had an extra “a.”  By the way, if you ever need a proofreader….

“Okay I said, but what did you think?” 

His reply, “I haven’t finished it yet.” 

“Well let me know what you think about the content.”

A couple minutes later I hear, “Okay, now I’m crying again.”  I must confess that it really gets me that I touch his heart that way. 

“What made you cry?” 

“Turning Down the Fan.” 

Hearing this reply, I ventured into the office to hear more.  That’s when he told me that out of town isn’t hyphenated.  Really, I’m serious.  If you EVER need a proofreader….

“But what do you think about the content?  That’s what I want to know.” (Said with just enough of a note of irritation to convey my frustration.)  And, as soon as it left my mouth, I realized that I had an issue.  He was being helpful.  It was not criticism, not from him.  Any criticism that I heard was my own.  Probably because my own internal editor can be quite loud at times.  No, not the grammar and usage editor.  The other one.  The one we all have that comments and criticizes.  That internal voice that speaks through my issues to let me know I’m not doing it right.  That I failed.  Could have done it better.  Should have ____.  You fill in the blank.  The coulda, woulda, shoulda voice. 

Frankly, I was over it fairly quickly.  It doesn’t have the same power that it used to have in my life.  But, every once in a while, it raises its ugly head.  That’s when I have to pay attention to who is really talking.

Which voice will you listen to today?                                               

II Corinthians 10:5

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;





3 Responses to “My Editor”

  1. Julie Page Says:

    I think it was the attention to detail that attracted him to you in the first place! Love, Julie

  2. Dusty Says:

    Please, don’t let him read my blog. He will be utterly disgusted at my own use of the English language as well as my over-use of the comma. I just love the comma.

  3. Betsey Hitson Says:

    Who knew? Bill and I both love proofreading and a bunch ‘a blankets at night.

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