Austere: (adj) severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance.
I call it the “Granble Face.”
It’s that look blending the countenance of Grandma or Grandpa with the attitude to grumble.
Somewhere along the line, we gave up on the idea of giggling, smirking, laughing and running around looking for ways to be mischievous.
Maybe it’s because it finally registered in our brain that our parents wanted us to be as miserable as they were, and we feel the responsibility to honor our father and mother so that our days might be long and filled with anguish on the Earth.
I don’t know.
But I do know this–the austere facial expression that greets me daily as I look at my peers and fellow-humans leaves me caught between despair and hilarity.
They look so funny trying to be so grownup, and they tend to get so angry with me because I maintain my childish chortle.
- What is the power of being austere?
- Why are we supposed to be quiet when we enter a church or a funeral home? Is it really going to bother the dead?
- Why is it necessary to sit in traffic, roll down your window to save on air conditioning, and sweat and curse at the holdup? Why not just turn up the radio and rock out to Queen?
Austere is the profile that proves we’ve had enough birthdays to be defeated.
It is the universal complexion of those of any color who have reached a certain status, where despondency is a badge of honor.
It is often accompanied by words like mature, holy, focused and adult.
Even though we were told for our spiritual journey it’s best for us to “become as little children,” we would rather develop the “Granble Face” …Grandpa grumbling about the price hike on his medication.
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