“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!

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Faye says:

    Thank you for today’s blog. Aah My heartfelt thanks to the Lord for our blogging expansion. I too often struggle with the ordinary computer stuff. Having you as one of my on-line blogging friends is an joy to me. Bless you! Have an amazing day.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Ah, how nice of you to count me among your blessings. Honored and blessed by your writings.

  3. Vibrant says:

    Hello Neta 🙂

    It’s such a beautiful post. Full of inspiration, humor and positive vibes. It’s true that we often keep looking life in great things, but it’s found in small things. Being grateful for what we have and little acts of kindness make our lives heavenly.

    Thanks a lot,

    Anand 🙂

  4. What an Ah-some post! (Couldn’t resist :P)

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