Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oh, Nothin'

Watcha thinkin' about? How many times have I answered "oh, nothin'" to that question--almost every time it's asked. It's like saying "fine" when people ask "how are ya?" because that's how you are supposed to answer.

You say "Nothin'" when really, there is always something, but you don't want to have to explain the thoughts in your head. You don't want to admit to thinking about how many leaves fall per minute from the cherry tree in the front yard on a gusty day. And why haven't all the leaves fallen because, after all, it's January. You wouldn't want to have to confess to thinking about how maybe the air flow is modified by the shapes of the surrounding houses, so only part of the tree is affected by the wind, and the rest is shielded so it can cling to its dry, ugly leaves until spring.

Or you wouldn't want to admit to thinking about how you wish you had more elastic in your socks because the world is at war idealogically, theologically, economically, ecologically, gastronomically...if you were worth your salt, wouldn't the greater burdens of the world take precedence over the minute and insignificant details of one single life on a planet of billions of single lives.

But that's the way it goes, sometimes, and lately--when I haven't been contemplating how to improve my range on the French horn--I feel like I haven't got a thought in my head. So, today anyway, ask me "watcha think,''' and I might truthfully answer--nothin'.

And just to show, here is a picture which on the surface might not look like anything, but it's actually a reflection of me in a tarnished silver tray that stands in a cabinet in my kitchen. The cabinet has glass doors, so I can see through to the tray, which is helpful because its reflecting ability often serves as a fine lipstick mirror on those busy days when I don't want to have a find an actual mirror.

15 comments:

lynn said...

Like your original style, Robyn, but God knows how you straighten yourself up in that reflection - i can't even make out your shape! Nice tray though.

lynn said...

but whilst i'm at it...oh nothing.

Robyn said...

Lynn, I'm not sure how original. My silhouette is just to the left of the center. How are ya?

Dear Prudence said...

Perfect point Robyn. Often times when someone asks "how's things?" my reply is usually "just fabulous". Although at any given time, having the opportunity to let the flood gates open of what is really going on in my life, that person would run screaming from the entire geographical region. People ask those types of questions without, in most cases, really wanting to know. It is polite banter. Therefore, I give the short innocuous reply. It is funny how often we inquire about another’s state of being and are only looking for a superficial response so we can get about our own business. Thanks for bring up these flaws in our human nature. Perhaps we should really think about what we ask another person if we don’t have the time or intention of really finding out. Wow, all that on a Tuesday!

dive said...

That's a lovely tray, Robyn; all the nicer for having a picture of you in it (sorry, I'm in a good mood) …

Sassy Sundry said...

I would get lipstick all over the place if I used that for a mirror. That said, I love the tray.

Sometimes answer honestly when people ask me what I'm thinking just to see the look on their faces.

There are some great linguistic pieces on the meaning of "how are you?" and the like.

RICH said...

good post robyn... i actually grew up in the "Fine" family. How ya doin - Fine howz ya mutha - oh Fine... fine fine fine. The Fine's wer'e a big Family in Boston. :)

lynn said...

...yeah ... Robyn, great to see you! I'm fine! Fine... yeah, i'm fine! ... and you?" translates as (in my head)-
"oh God i've run into you now and i'm late. I'm also looking a bloody mess. Make it quick. Fine, no i'm not. I'm broke, tired, worried about my mother/father/other relation, about to lose my job, sick of my husband/boyfriend who's a lying drunk("yes he's fine too, doing well...")so now i have to ask how YOU are, quick look at the watch, please make it snappy because right now, i'm not too bothered.

Robyn said...

Lynn, there is a great commercial here with two guys meeting in a coffee shop, and instead of saying the usual pleasant things, they say what they really think...I don't remember you're name so I'll just call you Dude. I'm in a hurry so I'll just keep moving...very funny.

Rich,"howz ya mutha" is very funny. I think you need to do an audio post to demonstrate how it should really sound.

Sassy, I wear such a subtle lipstick shade it doesn't really matter. I bet it could double as a blush.

Dive, you're very kind. But why are you sorry for being in a good mood.

Prudence,I guess I don't mind being greeted with that kind of mindless "how are you" greeting unless I actually try to answer and the person keeps walking. My good friends always stick around.

RICH said...

Lynn - I like your comment... kinda sums it up. Very Funny!!!

lynn said...

thanks Rich! (oh god i suppose i've got to go and visit HIS blog now. Look at the time... tut)

Kate Isis said...

Sometimes the nothing things you think about - the no elastic in your socks etc make for the best things to blog about.

Robyn said...

Hey Kate, you're right. And sometimes the nothing posts bring in the most comments.

Ame said...

Sigh~ I'm not fine.....

Robyn said...

Hey Ame. I'm sorry to hear that. What's wrong?