Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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Laura, from Catholic Teacher Musings, wrote about an interesting topic today...trigger words. Read what she has to say here. She's a teacher, so she knows her stuff and she's always right! (You're welcome, Laura)

Anyway, the phrase that can always set my heart beating overtime is "I need to talk to you". Even just typing it gives me a slight anxiety attack. The way I see it is that if someone "needs to talk to you", it can't be about anything good, or they would just tell you right then without having to preface it. I mean, who says "I need to talk to look radiant today"??? Nope, it's more like "I need to talk to're fired!"

When I was giving birth to Maggie, I found out I had another labor-trigger-word. Wanna guess what it was? OK, I'll tell you; "Relax". Sounds crazy, I know, but when I was in the depths of drug-free labor and the nurse/midwife/hubby told me to "relax", I almost punched them out. You try to relax while you're in transition and about to's just about the most un-relaxful time ever!!

Phew, glad I got that off my chest. No I can go "relax" because I don't "need to talk to you" anymore :)


  1. I didn't know that "relax" bothers me- but it does.
    It implies that I'm being worked up about something that I shouldn't be.
    And sometimes? I don't want to relax.
    Dearest Colleen thank you for saying that I'm always right....I am SO wrong sometimes that it's laughable.
    But hey...if YOU SAY SO.
    (Thank you for the shout out.)

  2. Ha - funny! It's true - I need to talk to you - not a good phrase.



  3. I'm on my way to read the article!

    I remember being in labor with my oldest and when someone told me to relax, I felt like punching them too!

  4. Oh my gosh! This is SO true!!! Here's some trigger words "Vacation's over!"

  5. LOL! Mine was "just breathe". I was being wheeled down a hall on a gurney and a bunch of nurses were telling me, "just breathe". I could have ripped their heads off.


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