You often hear people say this about a car, an item of clothing, a piece of jewelry – some material item they don’t feel compelled to live without. And, I realize all languages contain expressions and phrases that are not fully truthful, or meant to be taken literally.
Expressions like: “Well, I’ll be dipped in shit.” “Well, cut off my nuts and call me ‘Shirley’.” “Well, who lit the fuse on your tampon?” “No. That dress does not make you look fat.” A few harmless lies and exaggerations at the expense of dignity, easily explained away.
“I mean, c’mon, hey. We’re talking about common, everyday phrases that everyone understands are merely a way to share our feelings and help define a situation. No big deal. Right?”
And for the most part, I would agree. So, what is it about the expression, “I mean, it is to die for,” I find objectionable? Because, obviously, nobody ever really means it.
Actually, yes, many people do. And that’s why the phrase should be removed now and retired permanently. It’s simply too disrespectful to those individuals who not only mean it, but live it. Everyday.
The brave and gallant men and women of our Armed Forces who defend our Country against all threats to our National security. Police Officers who devote everything they have to enforcing our laws and protecting our homes and communities. Fire Fighters who run into burning buildings to rescue anyone left inside, fully aware of the dangers they'll be facing. At any moment of any day, these selfless individuals are willing to put their lives on the line to ensure our blessings of safety and well-being.
So, for this recent Thanksgiving and the busy Holiday season ahead, please remember to thank and pray for these heroes and their families. People we don’t even know, and yet depend on to maintain our most cherished gifts of freedom, security and peace.
Ask any one of them how they view the commitment they’ve made to protect the United States of America and every person in it, and they’ll tell you:
"It is to die for.”
How about that?