I’m Just Not Getting It

12 Feb

I think there is a problem with the way I see things.

There are a multitude of examples of things that I just didn’t get the first time around.    It hit me last week in the midst of what I called “adult grilled cheese and tomato soup.”  Which basically just meant that it was the kid version, but with fresh-baked bread the size of my face and organic tomato soup from a fancy carton, not a can.

It’s my way of justifying a ridiculous dinner.

I was saying something exclamatory about the size of the bread in the cheese sandwich when Dave mentioned how he grew up on tomato soup with spaghettios.

And my brain did this thing it does when something is not what I had always believed.  It’s a bit of a jolt, followed by a swift heap of rejection.

“Spaghettios is not made with tomato soup!!” I exclaimed, unable to stop my mouth from spewing 25 years of ignorance.   Dave, in his signature calm challenged, “What’s it made with, Jackie?”

“Marinar…..a    …no.  No, it’s not made with marinara sauce.  WHY DID MY BRAIN RETAIN THE CONCEPT OF MARINARA SAUCE WHEN IT IS CLEARLY NOT MARINARA SAUCE?”

It was the meatballs that threw me off, you see.  Meatballs + red sauce = meatballs in marinara sauce.

This is a too-common occurrence: I think something is a certain way and store it as such until proven otherwise.  Examples:

As you already know from a previous post, the day I found out that Washington D.C. isn’t in Washington State.

Or the day I was watching a Kay Jewelers commercial on T.V. and said “Oh – it’s like a kiss begins with Kay Jewelers jewelry, and the word kiss literally begins with a “k”.  That’s clever!”  My brother sat across the room, miffed that I had just now put together the pieces from an ad campaign that was several years past its conception.

Or the day that I finally gave up and asked my mom (a lifelong postal service employee) what the United States Postal Service logo was supposed to be.  “It’s an eagle, Jackie.  What do you think it is?”

For your information, I thought it was a man in a fashionable hat.

(he's in left profile)

I have had a multitude of startling experiences just like these with song lyrics I thought I knew my whole life, logos my brain never interpreted correctly, and general world facts that didn’t sink in.  It makes me incredibly uneasy to think of what my next realization might be.  Right now, as I type this, I harbor a gross misunderstanding about something the rest of society easily grasped the first time around.  I like to think that it means I’m creative.  I’d like to get all metaphorical on you and talk about the deeper meaning behind the way I see the world.  But the truth is,

sometimes I just don’t get it.




6 Responses to “I’m Just Not Getting It”

  1. Lori February 12, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Well, a recent post on Kendall’s blog taught me that the phrase is “for all intents and purposes,” not “all intensive purposes.” It makes a lot more sense now…

    Do you watch Modern Family? It’s one of my favorite new sitcoms. In the Halloween episode, Gloria says all sorts of things wrong (e.g., blessing in the skies). Hilarious. Give it a watch: http://www.hulu.com/watch/188001/modern-family-halloween


  2. postadaychallenge2011 February 13, 2011 at 3:25 am #

    You are not alone, I don’t get the world either and my real name is “jackie” too.


    • Jackie February 15, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      Thanks for the support, fellow Jackie.


  3. postadaychallenge2011 February 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

    Jackie, can I ask you when you were born or your star sign? I am a Sagittarius born in Dec. I’d like to understand how your brain works, because mine seems to do the exact same thing. I am visual and I am analytical and I don’t get society and the way they say or do things. You are so clever and creative that I hope I have it in my personality to. You have my curiosity now. Your fan, Jackie


    • Jackie February 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

      I’m a big ol’ Cancer crab 🙂 And though I analyze things from my couch, when in the moment I am entirely led by emotion – one of my serious flaws. Thanks so much for the awesome compliment and (of course) for stopping in.


  4. Brendan Johnson August 31, 2018 at 7:42 am #

    Lol… I’m looking at your USPS diagram and even with your nicely labeled diagram. I unfortunately cannot see the man with the fashionable hat. Thanks for the laugh! Have a nice labor day.


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