awesome, amazing and tragic

October 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

while on our trip to canada we would laugh and ask how many times can you use the word beautiful in one day.  every where we turned we were in awe of the beauty and splendor before our eyes.  for some time now i have been aware how over-used or not used appropriately the words amazing, awesome and tragic are.

i was witness to the most ridiculous use of the word tragic on t.v.  first i must confess to the occasional reality show.  for the past few years i have watched a show called big brother.  it is a great background show.  i can turn it on and do other things only stopping when something interesting happens.  i almost didn’t record it this year and after this experience doubt i will watch it again in the future.

i heard the word tragic and stopped what i was doing thinking something truly tragic has happened.  rewind and there is the twenty something contestant saying that this girl being kicked out of the house was the most tragic thing ever.  so let’s recap, he met her on the show a few weeks ago, she was voted out of the house, they would be seeing each other at the end of the show.

i couldn’t watch, even in background, anymore.  tragic? tragic is a young mother who battles the odds her whole life and then dies leaving two sons and a bereft mother.  tragic is a young woman who is paralyzed and decides to starve herself to death because she can not end her life with dignity thanks to a few who control that decision for her.  tragic is the stoning of a girl after she was raped.  there are real tragedies in life.  young men dying in a war they don’t understand, alone and a world away from those who love them.

since day one i have never thought of my impending death as a tragedy.  i raised my son, was blessed with step-daughters, my sister is at an age i won’t worry about her, i have been married to the love of my life and it has been a gift beyond all gifts.  this path has not always been easy but life is not meant to be easy.  i have never, even in the worst of times thought my life was tragic.  i have seen real tragedy.

awesome and amazing are used interchangeably.  for some, pizza can be awesome.  i always thought this word related to awe-inspiring.  pizza has yet to inspire me.  my grandmother was awesome and amazing.  she had a 3rd grade education, she raised two children on her own after my grandfather died.  at the age of 36 she was a widow with a boy who contracted polio but was left with only a limp to remind him and a daughter who was disabled by it.  my mother ran off and then wanted to come home when being married wasn’t what she was expecting.  it only took her a few months to decide this. when she came home she was expecting me.   a few years later she met my dad and married. they went to california leaving me with my grandmother.

she never complained. she took care of me the best she could.  this woman with no real education  made sure her own children would have one.  my mother chose to go to business school and my uncle went to the university of arkansas.  he went on to become the head of the european division of the army corp of engineers.  she was so proud of them both.  i know she was proud of me as well.  she was awesome and amazing.

maybe when a young man says his lose is tragic, for him it is.  he has never known real tragedy.  maybe we need to think before saying something is awesome or amazing.  my life has been one heck of a ride.  i have seen and experienced others who are truly amazing and i don’t want that to be diminished by comparing them to pizza.

i am going to post more pics of our trip.  it was one of the best experiences of my life.  i appreciate that i had this opportunity.  to anyone i have labeled awesome or amazing i want you to know i meant it.  these are not words i use lightly.  i have met some truly amazing people on here and continue to be in awe of them.


  1. prenin said,

    You already know what I think of you my friend! 🙂

    Love and hugs to you both! 🙂


    • s blake callahan said,

      your kindness means so much to me. you have such a generous spirit.

      warm hugs and love to you my friend.

  2. Terry said,

    I watch American Idol. That is as close as it gets to a reality show for me. For me they are souped up made to look great but I don’t care for them. i would much rather hear about your trip!!!!!!! LOL, hugs my friend. Oh you are so right too. That person doesn’t know what the word tragic means, and I hope they don’t learn about it for a while

    • s blake callahan said,

      i find lately i have little tolerance for most of what television has to offer. interaction with family and friends is so much more rewarding or watching aomething that teaches me about the world. hugs to you dear girl.

      • Terry said,

        I watch mainly American Idol in the winter, but usually Hallmark, just because of what you commented on or Nick At Night. those shows are oldies with no swearing or guns. they make me laugh

      • s blake callahan said,

        i find myself more and more drawn to comedies. humor sustains us and makes this bearable.

  3. tersiaburger said,

    As we remain in awe of you and your amazing strength and awesome courage. So glad you are having a good time my friend. Can’t wait to see the photos. Much love.

    • s blake callahan said,

      i am blushing and though i don’t really think i can live up to such praise i am grateful for it. warm hugs and love to you my friend.

  4. appletonavenue said,

    Beautifully said, and you are absolutely right. In the defense of using amazing and awesome, sometimes nice, or pretty, or very pretty just doesn’t cut it.

    • s blake callahan said,

      i agree completely! i just think it is over-used and loses its effect.

      • appletonavenue said,

        It definitely does. We need a word between ‘nice’ and ‘awesome’. I’ve adopted the British ‘brilliant’. It seems to fit nicely.

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