Embracing Cute

My blogging experience has been so exciting. Initially, I started to compile projects for a book about keeping kids creative. Kids are my passion and their beginning experiences set the tone for their entire lives.

My second mission was to leave a book of thoughts specifically for my granddaughter to treasure later in life. I’m not disciplined enough to keep a journal, and I have to admit, I enjoy making friends and getting feedback too. Being a day care provider can be awfully isolating.

Then I found the Jingle Poetry community, actually they found me. Jingle is an amazingly diligent talent scout and I am still numb from her choice of MY work. I have not had one unkind comment from any member of the group. Their motto of encouragement certainly fits. Not only do the poet’s comment frequently but with long, intuitive messages as well.

I realized once the encouragement began that I, quite possibly, could be a serious and accomplished writer beyond my initial intentions. This pleased me immensely πŸ™‚ A new goal for a person who has given up so much time and creativity on behalf ofΒ  kids could finally realize her own dream!

In my “About Me” statement, I reveal my admiration of Dr. Seuss. Many of the sincere comments from other writers on my poetry, were increasingly containing the word cute.

It is a dark confession of mine that “cute” held a condescending tone to my newborn professional approach and was not completely well received. Intellectually, I never thought it meant to be unkind but my heart deflated a bit at its frequent use.

What was Dr. Seuss but silly and amusing AND cute?

Heck, why that word pushed my” buttons ” will remain a mystery from now on.

Cute…I like the sound.

Dr. Seuss would be proud. πŸ™‚

Love to all my Jingle Poetry Friends!

~Susan

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9 thoughts on “Embracing Cute

  1. Now you understand why your 76 year old mother hates to be called dearie and honey.I believe that my education and experience has led to some wisdom instead of a pat on the head– sweetie!!!!

  2. It’s so wonderful you have discovered that you are really talented.
    I know someone who often uses the word, “cute” and it can be meant as complementary, and still feel very condescending at the same time.
    I send many hugs, and much encouragement. I just love reading your creations.

  3. I certainly didn’t think you were complaining. I was just letting you know, you aren’t the only person who has/had a bit of an issue with that word.

    I just happen to know someone who seems to define everyone by their appearance, such as beautiful, short and so cute, as if it really defines who that person is, not only what they look like.

    I really have a problem with someone who starts out telling you about a person by saying how cute they are, as if they are a puppy instead of a living human with intellect, and interesting ideas, or whether they are honest, loving, or some other trait that is really more defining.

    I think it’s an insult to tell about meeting someone who is maybe a grandmother, or even a great grandmother, etc., who only made a cute impression on someone who seems to be so shallow, as to miss other more important and defining things about that person. Didn’t they have anything interesting to talk about? They certainly must have had something more to add to their own introduction to a new acquaintance.

  4. Do I sound too nit picking here? I sure hope not. I think it just struck a cord with me. If I didn’t have to have fairly regular contact with that person, I probably wouldn’t feel so strongly about the word, “cute.”

    • No Helen,
      You are far from nit picky.You have substance and are fair minded and kind.
      Love to hear from you because you validate me as if I were talking ;-D
      My cousin was a brilliant, funny, kid. (17 when he died,had Cystic Fibrosis). When I speak of him, I do not mention his disease. He was so MUCH more.Makes me cry when I think of how he would have loved computers…
      Love,
      Susan

  5. … as for me, my hope is that you will do a children’s book of poem … which groups would enjoy too as we love you poems …

    I started blogging too in part to leave behind a record … poems and memoir – folk history – if you will.

    Poem on, Susan. Blog on. I’m glad your experience has been a good one. πŸ™‚

    Love and Hugs! back at ya’…

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