Travel Theme: Naughty or Nice

December 20, 2015 at 8:15 am (Meme) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Santa is making a list and checking it twice; am I naughty or nice?

Naughty

I’ve always wanted to be naughty. To be the child that would stick out her tongue at strangers who were annoying her.

What is naughty? Is it evil? Is it cruel? Does it involve committing one or more of the seven deadly sins?

I’ll admit that I’ve been envious and coveted what others seem to get so easily. I eat too much. I want too much. I laze about when there is work to be done. I lust after pleasures and in my darkest daydreams am quick to stomp my feet and come to anger. I’ve stolen. I’ve lied. I’ve cheated.

But I do these things more in my heart (Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart) and my imaginings than in my real life!

Naughty is not necessarily sinful. Naughty is slightly disobedient; it is indecent, risqué, bawdy, improper, indelicate. Naughty is a woman pushing back against the norm!

What’s the naughtiest I’ve ever been? Shh! Can you keep a secret? (Of course you can’t – this is the ubiquitous internet after all!)

Nice

What is Nice? Me, I’ve always been nice. Too nice. Too good. Did what she was told. Didn’t make waves. Behaved herself. Good daughter. Good student. Good wife. Good enough (for everyone but me)!

Then I discovered the etymology of the word: nice.

Nice derives from the Latin nescius ‎(“ignorant, not knowing”); from nescire ‎(“to know not, to be ignorant of”), from ne ‎(“not”) + scire ‎(“to know”).

To be nice I had to choose to be ignorant of many things. I had to be compliant. I had to be quiet.

I choose no longer to be nice out of ignorance.

I choose, in spite of Santa’s list, to be at turns both naughty and nice and to always be aware of why I am choosing to be either.

I am nice. I am naughty. Sorry Santa – your lists are passe anyway!

When you’re a girl, you have to be everything, You have to be dope at what you do, but you have to be super sweet, and you have to be sexy, and you have to be this and you have to be that and you have to be nice, and you have to – it’s like, I can’t be all of those things at once. I’m a human being. ~Nicki Minaj

I always thought of photography as a naughty thing to do – that was one of my favorite things about it, and when I first did it, I felt very perverse.  ~Diane Arbus

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.  ~George Carlin

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