I was just thinking about how I’m not a hugger. I don’t hate hugs, but I also don’t “get” them. It means much more to me for someone to make eye contact, smile, and ask me what I think about the message of The Wizard of Oz and if the book or the movie was better.

I still give hugs, though.

I was also thinking about how I almost never say “I love you” or “I missed you” or even “Goodnight”. “What are you thinking about?” and “You looked nice today” and “That was a really fun time we had”, again, mean a lot more to me.

I still say (or at least try to) those words to people.

People use hugs as greetings, goodbyes, thank yous, I’ve-been-thinking-of-yous, apologies… you name it. People love those short sentiments so much they write them everywhere and pass them on to their dearest friends and family members.

Our words may be different, but at their core, they mean the same thing. But there’s still a language barrier.

We need to learn to give of ourselves and put in the extra effort to “translate” so real communication can happen. Our words are not just our own, they are for others too. So, I will continue to say words that feel strange on my tongue and awkwardly hug my friends because I want them to know what I’m thinking and feeling in a way they will understand.

That said, goodnight, everyone, and what do you think of The Wizard of Oz?

16 thoughts on “Translation

  1. Loved this! I like hugs, but sometimes I feel uncomfortable giving them to people (dunno why) Thanks for the reminder. πŸ™‚
    Also, Wizard of Oz? I think it’s a clever classic, πŸ˜‰

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  2. I get ya! I realized a couple weeks ago that I also never say “Good morning” — so I’ve been purposefully trying to say it as I see people. Because that is their language, and it is more important for me to communicate to them in their language than mine =) A missionary does no good when those he’s preaching to don’t understand him!

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  3. Ahh, you’re so right, Kate! I know exactly what you mean. There are times where I really wish I had said something, but didn’t, because I felt awkward about it, or it was entirely like me. So yes, and thank you for writing this! Also I LOVE THE WIZARD OF OZ but unfortunately I haven’t read the book – just seen the movie, which is pretty much a crime. *cringes* It’s such a great movie, though!

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    1. Aw, you’re welcome! Oh, definitely! Me too. Some of my best conversations take place in my head. πŸ˜‰

      Oh, yes, it is a really great movie! And no shame in not having read the book yet, just get thyself to a library. πŸ˜€

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  4. I don’t know how to wrap into words how much I loved this post. I related to it so much, and I enjoyed learning more about you. I am pretty sure I would just shrivel up without hugs. My biggest problem is remembering that people don’t communicate like me. That affects everything, so I guess we could say I just need to work on it all. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the reminder. ❀

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  5. I agree with Mikayla. I have to have hugs! But not from everyone. There are only a few guys I feel okay about accepting a hug from. And I say “good morning” and “I love you” and “Good night.” Maybe it’s because I’m an extrovert. I don’t know.
    What do I think of “The Wizard of Oz”? Well, I have to say I’ve never read the book or watched the movie and I don’t have any interest in doing so. *nods head* What do you think of Christmas stories? πŸ˜‰

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    1. It’s interesting. πŸ˜‰ We all have slightly different languages, that’s for sure…

      Coolness! I love Christmas stories. πŸ˜€ They’re cozy, often very sweet, and I like seeing other people’s traditions come to life. My favorites are when the true reason for the season is subtly and beautifully portrayed. ❀ What do you think of them?

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      1. I adore a good Christmas story! Yes, the cozy feelings, the warmth, and most of all truth of the season are what makes a good Christmas story. πŸ™‚ *stares longingly at growing pile of Christmas books to be read* *thinks I need to add more to that list*

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