I was reading an advertisement recently when I came across this description:
Buffet included soap, salad bar, about 6 entrées, and a selection of deserts
The first thing that drew my eye was “soap”. That’s pretty funny, imagining myself with a knife and fork chowing down on a beauty bar.
Then I saw “deserts” and moved into critical mode. Why can’t people learn to spell? I know how to spell.
After a time of better-worse, I paused. And it came to me … we’re all human. Maybe I can spell because I love writing and reading. Perhaps the author of this ad isn’t so focused on the written word. What if the writer didn’t finish high school or had parents who didn’t care about reading? What if he or she was in the middle of some traumatic experience?
This person struggled with the ad. I can’t swim, can’t skate and am afraid of heights. We’re all so imperfect and marvelous. Next time, may my first seeing be of compassion, not criticism.