There are three definitions to the word 'sassy'. They are: rude & disrespectful, lively & spirited, and stylish & chic. I like to believe that I am all three. But the reality is is that I am probably just rude and spirited. Out of all the signs that are important to know during this month, knowing the signs of sassiness were the most important to my safety and well being as a child.
Too sassy, and I got a smack bottom. Not sassy enough, then I felt like I was being untrue to myself.
It's always been a precarious line.
Chances are, you are sassy too. Or, at the very least, know someone who is sassy.
The signs of sass include:
- Name calling (but only to those who deserve it, like mean people.)
- Mouthiness (like when I told my Grandmother that she smelled...but she did.)
- A high confidence that you can talk anyone into anything--like the time I yelled at a passing truck and the driver hit the brakes, got out and came after me. (Like any truly sassy person, I ran away. To be fair, he may have been a zombie.)
- Believing in your Gawd-given talent for reading people and placing bets in absolutely inappropriate moments. The story to prove this point is so bad I can't even relate it here for fear of your judgement (which would be well deserved)--and the fact that I lost the bet (which shames me still) and don't want to remind my brother, Scott, that I owe him lunch...dang. Now he remembers.
- Independence--like shaving your head at 32 and going grey just to defy cultural norms.
- Brash boldness (or brazen stupidity)--like the time I followed a complete stranger off of a train in Prague--he said he had the hookup for a cheap youth hostel. Lucky for us it all turned out OK. In hindsight that was just a cold case waiting to happen.
There are a million other instances of my impudent sass gone awry...most of which I can't share here because I don't want you asking me about them. My sass filled life is one of constant embarrassment to my family.
I can hear you.
You will regret your insolence.
(See what I mean??)
I also often say things before thinking. Things like, "SURE!! I'd LOVE to chair the school auction!!" Or, "My dad could TOTALLY beat your dad's face in!!!" (Which, to be honest, was true. But it wasn't necessary to say out loud--mostly because one look from my dad made other dads run away in fear...)
Simply put, being sassy gets me into a lot of trouble.
So knowing the signs (and repeating them twice daily) reminds me to tone it down a bit.
On the other hand, sassiness has it's upside, life is always an adventure.
In what ways are you sassy?