Anything: (pron) used to refer to a thing, no matter what
If you’ve ever parented teenagers, this response is probably one of your pet peeves.
If you ask them a question of any sort, they will either ignore you or reply, “I guess anything’s OK.”
I grew weary of this.
So one night when I asked my teenage sons what they wanted to have for dinner, and they replied, “anything,” I complied.
I went out to a neighbor’s trash can and pulled out the cast-aside leftovers of their previous lunch–some half-eaten sandwiches already drawing the interest of a couple of ants, the skeleton of a fish, and believe it or not, some broken pieces of pumpkin shell.
I found two bottles of partially consumed Coca-Cola, put it all on a platter, set plates, silverware and called them to dinner.
At first they were in such a state of oblivion that they didn’t recognize the placement set before them as being basically inedible, but perched in their chairs and reached for their cell phones.
So adding to the comedy of the moment, I asked one of them to offer grace. It was at this point that the child felt the need to look at the food, in order to determine the length and intensity of the prayer. Amazingly, he did not gaze at me in horror, but rather, looked at the spread before him, perplexed, shook his heads, and began to pray:
“Thanks for the food and the hands that prepared it, and for this day. In Jesus name, amen.”
Finishing the prayer, they both stared at the food–or shall I say, the “remains of the day”–and then looked at me quizzically, asking, “What is it?”
I smiled, grabbed my fork and spoon and touted, “It’s anything. Dig in.”
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