[Kelly’s Newspaper Column]
Working from home, some of my “social interaction” happens via the web. It’s enjoyable for me to post sillies on the book of faces and chat with folks there. I shared a “Never Have I Ever” list. The instructions were to give yourself a point for the things on the list you have NOT done.
I got a 3. I have not eaten sushi, gone scuba diving, or been in an ambulance. It should be a two. One piece of sushi once went down my gullet, but never again.
People joined in the fun with their numbers and comments. I found myself trying to for each person what they did not do. The thread got more entertaining when people added commentary to their number.
Our Aussie humor colleague said she had indeed gone a cruise although it was a 5-hour day trip, she had fired a gun – a starter pistol, she had got a tattoo once – a henna one, and had braces – the kind that hold up your trousers.
Well, of course, we here in the US call those things suspenders, but her creative reply opened my mind. I had only thought of braces as in the straighteners for teeth. Perhaps someone once had a knee brace or a neck brace. Those count as braces.
And giving birth? We all automatically assumed that meant having a baby. How about birthing an idea, a book, a business? We all can say we have given birth.
How about you? What have you never?
Some folks who had a score of over ten said “I guess I haven’t lived.” Wrong! Who wants broken bones or to be in an ambulance? The list is simply an interesting conversation starter, and that it was.
We all could create magnificent lists of things we have done. And long lists of things we have not done. Never Have I Ever been to Rhode Island. Never have I ever been to a professional football game. Never Have I Ever done a good cartwheel.
I do want to go to Rhode Island (I only have four more states left and I will have been in all 50), but if I never go to an NFL game, big deal. And my cartwheel days are over. And I proclaim that even with no cartwheels, I have lived a good life.
The goal is not to have an arbitrary list. The idea is to enjoy the game. The game of life. Have you ever gotten anything pierced while you sung karaoke? Or eaten off the floor while on a train?
I’ve never played Never Have I Ever (except for this online chatter) so maybe that should make the list: Never Have I Ever played Never Have I Ever. Will I play it again? Never say never!