“Tell us about some ‘Ah’ moments in your life,” the Topicmaster asked me. Caught off guard, I responded, “There really haven’t been that many ‘ah’ moments in my life.” How absurd! How I wish I were given another chance on that subject!
Since then I have noticed so many Ah moments. I want to share some with you. For instance, Sammy and I were watching a T.V. clip where a large bully of a cat swiped his paw out and knocked a little party hat off a small kitten. I said, “Ah.” That set me to thinking about both positive and negative ‘ah’ moments.
When a pickup turned into our lane almost causing an accident. I yelled a scary, “Ah.”
When Texas makes a TD against OU. I yell, “Awww,” but when Okla. makes a TD against Texas. “Aaaaahhhh!” I shout in victory. Then the stupid referee calls a penalty against OU, I yell, “Awww” again.
When I ordered baked beans at the restaurant, and found they had been scorched, I disgustedly muttered, “Aww.”
Then there are Ah’s of sympathy when someone else stubs their toe on the chair leg. And Ah’s of pain when I stub my toe on a chair leg.
And other Ahs:
“Ah” when I finally figure out how to retrieve a document from the computer.
“Ah” when I can’t go to a party because of a prior commitment.
“Ahs” when crooning a baby to sleep.
“Ahs” that fill spaces when you are trying to think what to say next.
“Ah” when the electricity goes off and my blog is only half typed.
“Ah” when you get the point of a funny joke.
And “Ah” when your son calls and says he has a flat on the highway, and needs you to come and get him, and then he laughs and tells you he was just pulling your leg – just joking with you.
And there’s an ‘AH’ of discipline. The other day my friend told me, her grandchild had come in and told her that Grandad had talked mean to them. She said, “Oh, he did? What did he say?” The child responded, “He said, ‘Ah, Ah, Ah’.”
I’m not sure when you use Ah spelled A-H, or when you use Aw spelled A-W. I tried looking it up. Didn’t find a very definitive answer. I think AW might have more negative connotations than AH. But according to the dictionary, that is not consistent.
There is also an ‘awe’ in my vocabulary.
When I watch the River Dancers, I say Ah with much awe.
When my grandchild watches me brush my teeth, her little head leans on the sink cabinet as she learns something she has not noticed before. I look at her with such awe.
I have a new great granddaughter. I look her over. Her tiny toes, and that little bitty toenail. I say Ah, with such awe.
And the time I was in the Colorado Rockies. My husband was fishing, and I was singing “I bow at thy shrine, my Savior divine, my wonderful, wonderful Lord.” And my ahs are awesome. Ah, Lord God, there is nothing too difficult for you!
After all this, I wonder how I could have said that day that my life had not included very many Ah moments. I was just thinking of big things – I wasn’t thinking about how Big, Little things are! Ahhhh!