What a week! Between the trolls & stalkers and the visitors & commenters, it has been an exciting ride. Certainly, we will not rehash every detail. Just for kicks, we are going to discuss horns and hooves and forked things.
Being accused of being the devil is one of those things I want a sawbuck for every time it happens. I would take a ’round the world cruise with the proceeds (with the children, and a nanny). Inevitably, I use the same retort, as it is on target every single time:
I am not the devil. I am his ex-wife.”
With the ongoing discussion of marriage and divorce, and an unexpected hatemail response to the above quote, I realized there were possibly more people than my hatemailer who misunderstood what I meant.
She scolded me for mordancy…ME! She equates me to creatures with horns and hooves and accuses me of mordancy. (Mutters something about pots and kettles.) My outrage notwithstanding, her acerbic comments proved she truly did not understand my intent.
Being a linguist can sometimes be a true handicap. Since both sentences begin with the word I, silly me thought the sentences were about me. The quote is not about calling my ex-husband Lucifer, but about the implications of how (fiendish, impish, devilish) I must be for the head demon himself to want a divorce.
How’s that for perspective?
Choose Your Path
The quest and struggle for the name of the blog is over. I have chosen the fork in the road I am willing to take. M3 will still be the nickname, although the corresponding website is out, since it is a Japanese medical site.
After listening to some reasonable argument, crunching some SEO numbers, consulting long tail statistics and flipping a coin for the best three of five, Momma’s Money Matters stays. The subtitle is definitely on the way out the door. Although my initial snarky reaction is to replace it with You had best behave, or you will never inherit., I recognize this to be another linguist moment.
Stop scratching your head. When I contrived the name, I did not read it the same way 98% of everyone else does. The general consensus is I used a tired phrase money matters to describe personal finance.
While I am guilty of using cliches like punctuation for headers, ellipses and titles, this interpretation fails in every respect to account for the children in my life. Unequivocally, children change your perspective on every single thing in your life.
In my eyes, money is a noun and matters is a verb.
Yes, my tongue is forked. Yes, I stick it out on a regular basis.
Claws, Horns and Other Bony Protrusions
As my portrait above shows, I have massive claws. After all, I am the Momma Bear. I routinely defend my cubs against all manner of ignorant, small-minded, bigoted, asinine behavior. In keeping with my strict policy of no politics on this blog, many of the events in our lives which cause me to sharpen my claws are left strictly private.
On the other hand, the non-political gradu in my life will be occasionally be on display. This is not exhibitionism for the information highway rubberneckers. Instead, it is an exercise in education. Better others know their erratic, illegal, intolerant, juvenile behavior is being exposed in an ongoing effort to show M3 Readers how to deal with the weeds which plague our Zen gardens.
Yes, they are sharp. Yes, I have a heavy duty file to keep them that way. Approach my children at your own peril.
In Other News
With the addition of Story Time and The Office, I have made the decision neither Ask Momma nor M3 News will make their way to the new website. (Pages are at the top in the header.)
With your help, M3 is spanning the globe. I thank you for all you do to bring M3 to your networks, followings, friends’ lists and circles.
If you have not already, feel free to Circle me and/or follow me on Twitter. Writing, management, charity and network professionals are welcomed to join me on Linked In. All of the relevant links are listed on About Momma.
And anyone who loves coffee raise their hand. As I was reminded by The Waiting, we need to have a coffee tasting soon. Really soon. How many cups do we need? And who is bring the wine?
Have you voted in the new poll?
(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2012
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