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I've been reading excerpts from a book I should probably buy. Though I'm sure reading it in its entirety will cause many breakdowns and tears. And I'm reminded of a memory from my childhood.

I used to bring my lunch to school. Because I found the school lunch to be generally unappetizing, and I wouldn't eat it. Every morning my mother would make my lunch. And every afternoon, she'd remind me to clean out my lunch container so she could use it the next day. This didn't generally go as smoothly as it sounds.

"Go get your lunch bucket."

"I can't." It wasn't a bucket at all. It was a bag. (Later years, it was a box.)

"Yes, you can. Go get it and clean it out."

"But I can't..." Buckets were hard and round, and had open tops and handles. And were used for things like fishing, and cleaning, and playing in the sand. Things that weren't taking my lunch to school. Who takes their lunch to school in a bucket?

"Why can't you?"

"It's not a bucket."

"You know what I meant." Then why not say what you meant? Instead of calling it a lunch bucket, which is something I clearly didn't have.

"But that's not what you said."

"Fine. Go clean out your lunch bag."

"...Okay."

This sort of exchange wasn't at all unusual. And the thoughts still aren't, though I've gotten better at understanding what people mean. Or at least I think so. I must have, since I question whether that lack of understanding is real. Maybe it just manifests itself in more complicated ways. "I can't put it away. It doesn't have a place."

Maybe I haven't changed.

Date: 2010-10-30 09:13 am (UTC)
luinied: Anthy is great at tea and subtext and also sick of gender, but she's stuck on earth. (I think?) (sympathetic)
From: [personal profile] luinied
For what it's worth, I can sympathize. (I think, at least.)

Date: 2010-10-31 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirideth.livejournal.com
Thanks. I know so many people will read this and think "what a stubborn kid..." But I really couldn't focus on anything besides it clearly NOT being a bucket until she called it what it was.

Date: 2010-11-01 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akaneko.livejournal.com
"Lunch bucket" strikes me as a slightly odd usage, actually. I've heard people say "lunch pail" plenty since it used to be much more common for schoolchildren to use buckets/pails to carry their lunches to school out in the country, but for some reason I don't think I've heard anyone say "lunch bucket". Could just be regional variations, though...

Date: 2010-11-01 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kirideth.livejournal.com
While she definitely said "bucket" my response would not have been any different had she said "pail." As it was still a bag and not a pail.

Regional variance in speech patterns is very much Not The Point of this post.

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