This week’s Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop is upon us again. This week I chose prompt #3.) Describe a talent or flaw that seems to be in your genes.
I’m not sure if this qualifies as a flaw or a talent or both (depending on how you look at it or the situation) but I tend to have a very sarcastic sense of humor. And sometimes I can’t seem to turn it off. Some people accept it well others, not so much. It can tend to rub people the wrong way. If you don’t know me well I guess some things I say could come across as crass or mean. I don’t mean them that way. I really don’t mean to come across as mean or unfeeling and the last thing I’d ever want to do is hurt someone’s feelings. But sometimes I see humor where other people don’t and it just slips out.
I think one of the few people who truly “gets” my humor is my oldest brother. Mainly because he’s even more sarcastic than me. I really have to be on top of my game when he’s around. I sometimes have a hard time keeping up with him but it’s always fun trying. Being around him for a few hours seems to sharpen my skills.
On the down side, my bent towards sarcasm kind of wore off on my kids and sometimes in their attempt at dry humor it does come across as mean spirited. Not necessarily towards other people but to me. I have become the victim of my own wit. I guess I taught them so well I have to now earn to develop a thicker skin. Those barbs of sarcasm that get thrown can hurt when they land in the wrong place. But it’s all good. I’d rather them have a great sense of humor than not know how to laugh at themselves and others.