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Sarcasm and My Pal Smiley

Five years ago, I wrote Reality...and the Yellow Smiley Face , which I resurrected and updated on my blog last month. It was a good reminder to me of how I came to be so sarcastic.

I have always tried to see the good in people and situations, but I came from a rather negative, cynical family. Of course, that has influenced me and my thinking of myself and my own world, but I tend to encourage others to see beyond whatever the see as their challenge.

I have never come from a yellow smiley face perspective, but from a realistic optimism, if there is such a thing. At least, it makes sense to me.

Coming from my family, I learned to be rather sardonic, which usually got me backhanded. There were times that I did not know what the hell I had said that was so bad. But I think I had a good teacher in my mother.

I never particularly liked Smiley, but that is for another story. Right now, is it not enough I can call him my "pal"?

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--To read more on my relationship to Smiley, click here.

And, if you dare, visit my Pinterest board, "Sarcasm, Profanity, and Other Sh!t" Warning: Not for the faint of heart.

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morilla wrote on May 12, 2015, 4:46 AM

My folks got pulled into a parent-teacher conference when I was in 9th Grade. The English teacher said that she did not understand sarcasm and since I was such a sarcastic individual, it was difficult for her to deal with me. She was asked if I was creating problems in class or being disrespectful. When she answered that I was not, she was then asked how this was a 'problem.' In other words, it was simply who I was and since I was not disrupting the class or being disrespectful, it wasn't "my" (or may family's) problem to deal with; though I was told to cut back on it some. We weren't going to 'emotionally interface,' that teacher and I, but that didn't mean we weren't functioning as was needed.

Sarcasm isn't necessarily negative or even cynical; though cynicism and realism are two sides of the same coin. The primary issue in that vein is the intent of the purveyor. What my family had come to understand and those few I deem 'friends' would learn is that I'm not so much a 'negative' person as I am someone who tends to 'get it out of their system' so as to focus on the problem/issue at hand. Well, at least most of the time. But, I will acknowledge that sarcasm is also an useful tool in hoisting others on their own petard at times. emoticon :smile:

SoundNFury wrote on May 12, 2015, 5:19 AM

My mom always reminds me of what a smart-alec I was when I was a kid. I think not much has changed lol. Hey nice blog, by the way!

MelissaE wrote on May 12, 2015, 7:13 AM

I am also sarcastic and somewhat negative. I admire folks who don't always accept things at face value.

AliCanary wrote on May 12, 2015, 9:54 PM

Oh my goodness. Never was I "backhanded", although there were some spankings, few and far between, which I thoroughly deserved. It sounds like your folks weren't good with--as morilla put it-- "emotional interface". I'm glad that you have grown beyond that.

PriscillaKing wrote on May 19, 2015, 2:54 PM

I had a smiley-face shoulder bag I liked, in grade three, so the classic smiley itself is nostalgic. Then again I was the one who posted on AC, years ago: "Positive pleasures: love, peace, popping Positive Thinkers' little balloons"...