Why “I’m A Giver”?
“Hey, I’m a giver….”
I’ve been telling people that for a few years now. And it was never-“I’m a giver” It was always-“I’m a giver………..” Because what I was giving was sarcasm. Not just funny-ha-ha sarcasm, but often it was biting, cutting sarcasm that tiptoed the fine line between funny and aaaalmost mean enough to be hurtful. And when I heard “Oh, thanks a lot Eric.” I enjoyed responding with, “Hey, I’m a giver…..”
So it was with profound giddiness that I asked Megan make me a T-shirt that read “giver”. Nothing else. Just five letters that I could wear and let everyone know that I was ready to dole out what one recipient referred to as “your flippant remarks which you so adeptly sling”.
And then I started wearing the shirt. It made me laugh and I didn’t think strangers would take much note of the inside joke I was wearing like a billboard. But I was wrong. Everyone noticed.
At Six Flags an old man commented, “You know, I really like that shirt. If more people in this world had your attitude about life, this would be a better place. God bless you.” Well, I couldn’t help but agree completely with his sentiment but even my ego has its limitations. Maybe it was something about his old-manliness, or the fact that he invoked the Creator is his misunderstanding of my catch phrase…but I felt the need to correct him. I explained the background of my shirt and his old-man hand recoiled from my shoulder as if he had just realized he was holding a snake. He didn’t say anything, just stepped back shaking his head in disappointment.
It was the reaction from our local librarian that really threw me for a loop. Her purple hair and tattoos (yep, she’s a librarian) made me think that she’d surely appreciate my snarkiness. But it was the disappointed look I got from her that made me reevaluate my stance on my giverness.
Along about that time Megan finally talked me into committing to this blog.
When searching for a name, nothing seemed to fit but “I’m a giver”. It’s a part of who I am. And it’s a three word summary of what I want to accomplish with this blog.
I still enjoy sarcasm. It’s my love language. And you can expect a liberal sprinkling of it here. But I hope that what you’ll find here will be more than just sarcasm. Just like I hope my friends find more in me than just sarcasm. I want to give some sarcasm, some hard-earned advice and some genuinely thoughtful thoughts on what I think is most important in life.
I’m a giver. It’s who I am. But it’s also who I want to be.