Darling: (n) one dearly loved
Among the crowd who still know how to play Bingo, and sometimes even personally pursue it, there is an old saying:
“Is two enough? Is six too many?”
This question references how many prunes are beneficial to eat before you find yourself full of poop.
For those who are intimidated by constipation and blessed by regularity, this is an important inquiry.
But I also think the logic translates well over to the word “darling.”
There was an ancient song sung among “The Forty-Niners”—who were searching for gold in Sacramento. It was entitled, “Oh, My Darling Clementine.” Let me surmise the message of the tune.
One of these gold-diggers loved a woman named Clementine, who died. He missed her. So he sang about her—“My darling Clementine.”
I think in this case, using the word “darling” is acceptable, since the woman is dead and gone and some sort of mourning is in order.
But I do believe constantly calling our little children (especially females) “darling” sets these young ladies up for some of the greatest disappointments of their lives.
Here’s the issue:
Where do you go from darling?
I mean, if you’re trying to increase the level of appreciation or praise, what would be the word?
And, on the other hand, diminishing the term “darling” offers a whole series of insults that might leave our little darling devastated.
I would think it’s time for us to tell our children that they don’t need to be “darling” to be valuable.
Maybe a more specific series of words:
- “That was a smart thing to do.”
- “You really look good in that dress.”
- “Oh, you combed your hair nicely.”
- “Nice kick.”
But to sit and stare at a picture of your offspring and call her (or even him) “darling,” and expect to get Facebook likes to reinforce your opinion could be a tragic situation.
For after all, two prunes (or darlings) will keep things moving.
Six is just downright shit.