When my son Cole was about 5, I taught him how to make chocolate chip cookies.
I was a master chocolate chip cookie maker.
One of the reasons the cookies I made were so good was how I mixed the dough – and passed that secret on to Cole.
“Cole – you keep mixing the dough until it is homogeneous. Only THEN can you add the chips.” I thought I was so smart giving him the definition of homogeneous and then teaching him how to say it.
“It’s home-og-gen-us Cole. You always want to be able to say it correctly!”
Well, cut to last night. Oh dear. Cole, as sophomore in high school now, asked me to help him study his chemistry. And I bet you know what one of the words he needed to learn was! HOMOGENEOUS.
So, we’re going through the words and definitions and we get to that word. I say, “homogenous” (the way I usually say it) and he starts laughing.
“Did you know that you’re not saying that right Mom? I laughed out loud in class when my teacher told us the correct to pronounce it!”
I seem to do that a lot. Make up my own words. Luckily, people who like me learn Danielle Language. I’m constantly teaching in my classes through my own version of my words. For example, in yesterday’s Certification class, I was explaining to the students how to use their new tools to find the “gunk” and get out the “ickiness.”
I actually find using my own words to be liberating! I mean, why stick to the words everyone else uses?
It took me quite a while to come around to that idea though. I mean, I spent a lot of my life trying to do everything the “right” way – and really, as I’ve learned over the years, there isn’t a “right” way. There’s just that way that works that keeps you in your integrity and passion.
I’m spending today in another day of Danielle Language (if my husband is reading this, I KNOW he is laughing really loud right now!) and I’m encouraging you to spend a day in your own-isms.
It’s the only way to be true to who you really are! What’s your language? I’d love to know!
Love and Light,