What? Someone who perceives and pursues writing who is questioning grammar? Isn't that sacrosanct? Yes? Maybe? Sometimes? Who knows?
Of course, my first thought was to text my daughter, a published author and busy editor. Naahh! I'm a teacher, for crying out loud; I should automatically know the answer to that question, right?
So much for feeling sorry for the cute kid; this is kind of how I'm feeling, but not looking anywhere near this cute.
I write; I think I write a lot. It's probably all a matter of perspective, but it seems like a lot to me. Wouldn't you think chronically using good grammar would be a given?
For crying out loud, I'm the one who was yelling in the kitchen at the word processing program (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) when it "greened" me in grammar check while editing my book and it was wrong!
I can't tolerate poor, let's just say it, bad spelling. I totally discredited a psych textbook one time because I spotted two spelling errors. The prof insightfully informed me that I had some OCD issues. Thank goodness, I didn't spot any grammar mistakes, too.
So here's rationalization #8,503 in my life: I will try to employ impeccable grammar, especially around small children, to the best of my ability. I agree to seek therapy, as needed. And then, what works for me, is to just give it up and pray those reading can also be fault-laden, but forgiving.
Is there something that makes your face twitch? Maybe in yourself, or others? Do you look around and wonder if it's bothering anyone else, or ask yourself, "Does my xxxx ALWAYS have to be perfect?"
This post is being linked to Giving Up on Perfect and Coffee for Your Heart.
14 From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hands shall come back to him [as a harvest].