The Language of Things – You have to write a message to someone dear to you, telling that person how much he/she means to you. However — instead of words, you can only use 5-10 objects to convey your emotions. Which objects do you choose, and what do they mean?

Usually I’m pretty smart, but I wasn’t at all sure what this meant. So I had to read Anglo-Swiss’s – I, Me, and Myself to get a handle on what this was supposed to mean.


So it’s sort of about things that define our relationship with someone else? Like maybe how our bed defines my relationship with my husband? It doesn’t define anything except that we are of a certain age and comfort counts. We are past the point where things are critical in our relationship. Come to think of it, we were never about things. Things are tools, toys. Fun or necessary.

If I were a hired assassin, maybe I would have a very special high-powered sniper rifle and it would be my best buddy. If I killed people with it, that would certainly impact our relationship … perhaps even define it. But I’m a writer. I kill with words.

Or I could be a serial killer and own a great big bloody knife. Cool. How about a cereal killer? I would then need my own special spoon!

side view alienware closeup computer

Does my computer define me? I’m happy with this computer. And I have a bunch of cameras that I love, though there’s always room in my world for one more camera and an extra lens or two … but I don’t think this stuff defines me. It enables me. I get to write, post, take pictures, edit them because I have tools that make it possible.

I’m not defined or described by objects. I doubt most people are. I hope not. It doesn’t sound like a good way to be. I can’t think of any relationship I’ve got with a person that’s defined — or shaped — by anything tangible.

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  1. We define our objects. Its what we do with them and how we use them that counts 🙂


  2. An interesting question to ponder. I’d pick objects that I feel would particularly symbolize that person: zinnias, garden gnomes and sewing needles for a start.


  3. Good on you, Marilyn. I knew I could rely on you to deal with this prompt in a down and dirty, let’s cut the cxxp manner. Thinking about it, artefact messages (if sent at all) are things you send your enemies, aren’t they – pins in wax dolls, concrete gumboots, dead cockerels strung to the door knocker, an empty coffin ready and waiting…


    • I love your imagery. If I’d had pictures of that stuff, I might have gone a much darker route 🙂 I actually hadn’t any idea what whoever wrote this was asking for. Usually, I at least know what they are getting at. This time, not a clue. I’m still not entirely sure what the original intent was … if there was intent. But I like concrete gumboots ! A little heavy, but probably waterproof!

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  4. I am a cereal killer. I nearly killed my Acer Windows by eating my cereal breakfast whilst reading what happened during the night, being the American day. A few letters refused to work, but since I cleaned the keyboard by wiping the milk stains away it has improved. you don’t need a knife Marilyn, a bowl of cornflakes does it just as well. I think the idea of the prompt was like sending a complete collection of Miles Davis records to Mr. Swiss or a supply of drumsticks for a year, but I don’t do sentimental on the computer. I don’t even do it at home, I am a realist. Let’s enjoy life without objects (even ping backs are not objects). I am not really an egoist, but it is now time for me to be me. I even have “me” time during the day when I am blogging or playing with my photos. Oh yes, Life is great when you are a golden oldie.


    • I have come around to much the same way of thinking. One of the last things my mother ever said to me before she died was to put myself first, take care of my own needs and enjoy life … because if I didn’t do it for me, no one would. So, for Christmas, I bought me a new pair of red Ugg booties and a really luxurious pair of sheepskin slippers, handed them to Garry and said “Here are my Christmas presents. Wrap them up please.” He looked a bit startled, but my best friend started doing this a few years ago. She got tired of getting stuff she didn’t like and started buying what she wanted, handing it to her husband and having a really MERRY Christmas.

      Over all, I get what these days. I wanted a computer that would REALLY do what I needed. Figured this might be my last chance to get it. I know we can’t afford it … but we have afforded lots of things for the house, for Garry, for the kids — even the dogs … and somehow, I never made the top of the list. Now, I just get what I want, within the limits of what can be managed and Garry never says a word. I think he’s glad it’s not his decision. Pity I didn’t work this out years ago!

      I’m sentimental about animals, but not much about people.


  5. Oh thank you for thinking, “Huh?” along with me! I could write about how giving a certain item to someone could show how I feel. I could write about how looking at a certain object would remind me of someone. But, for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to write to this prompt. So I wrote to Cee’s Share Your World instead. 🙂


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