Hunting The Evil Apostrophe

apostrophe

apostropheDr. Kathy Koch, one of my clients :), posted a great blog post about strong willed children titled Speaking With Moms of Strong-Willed Children during Hearts At Home Conference. The problem is that “Moms” originally had a miscreant apostrophe in it and read “Mom’s.” Since I am the one that posted it for her (she of course wrote the article I just post it for her as a part of what I help out with) she emailed me to correct the mistake in the title.

So being a good co-worker I felt it necessary to explain the true story behind the-evil-out-of-the-blue appearing apostrophe. I emailed Kathy:

You see …

There was once an evil apostrophe that suffered from narcissistic personality disorder. It was an ugly little apostrophe. It said to it’s friend (it’s has a misapplied apostrophe in it on purpose) … it said to it’s friend, “I am going to stalk Kathy Koch’s blog and insert myself on a post that is spreading wildly across Facebook. Then shalt I, the APOSTROPHE, gain the stature I so deserve!”

And so began the saga of the Moms becoming Mom’s.

But NONE to worry my dear Kathy! I chased the apostrophe down, captured it and fed it to the exclamation mark!

In other words, the correction has been made…

She loved the explanation and agreed that the dastardly deeds of the evil rogue apostrophe should be exposed.

Now… you know.

RandyHunting The Evil Apostrophe

2 Comments on “Hunting The Evil Apostrophe”

  1. Kathy Koch, Ph.D.

    Oh, my! I still remember getting this email from you and laughing out loud. I share it every time I teach about Mind Styles because it’s such a fabulous example of what happens when people know and trust themselves and others. I love that you were free enough to share it with me. I would have responded, “Got it.” (and you know that) but you’re not me so I chose to receive it and enjoy it. (We have so many choices every day to honor others!)

    In my seminars, I share the email as an example of your humor strength coupled with the value you place on relationships. There are almost always tears in the crowd because others want to be free, too. Thats a high value for both of us and, frankly, I wish more people cared about freedom, too.

    Oh, no! There’s an apostrophe missing in that paragraph. Can you get it back from the exclamation mark and help me? Please!!!

    Thanks for this fun interlude in my morning. Back to work now…..

    1. Randy Thomas

      In my seminars, I share the email as an example of your humor strength coupled with the value you place on relationships. There are almost always tears in the crowd because others want to be free, too. Thats a high value for both of us and, frankly, I wish more people cared about freedom, too.

      Wow! I find that amazing. I knew you shared this story and found it helpful with your teaching. I heard you share it when you were in Winter Park that one time. SO honored and am moved that others might find it “free”ing. That is amazingly cool. :)

      Oh and I talked to the exclamation marks!-!! They say that don’t want to give the apostrophe back. Something to do with it being evil and everything. There is dissension within their ranks as noted … !-!! … so I will keep an eye on them.

Leave a Reply