The Plural of You is Y’all
A friend posted that on their facebook status a couple of days ago.
The plural of you is y’all.
It happened that the father was working with the daughter on some homework and he asked her what the plural of you was and she answered, “y’all”.
They are from Texas so that answer is perfectly acceptable, especially coming from an 8 year old girl.
Kids are known for saying the darndest things, aren’t they? I mean, when they get excited, you just can’t shut them down. Give a 5 year old a new puppy and they will tell every stranger in the county about how wet the puppy’s nose is and how bad it smells when it goes doo-doo.
If you have kids, you know what I am talking about. That enthusiasm is infectious, precious, and sometimes, embarrassing.
I was reading Psalm 145 this week and two verses in there just leapt off the page:
They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness. ~ Verse 7
Hmm.. eagerly utter, you say. Warren Wiersbe says that utter here means to bubble up. Is that how we Christians are viewed? Do people see us as bubbling over about the memories of abundant goodness? When is the last time you or I joyfully shouted about His righteousness?
Maybe we haven’t focused enough on how precious and infectious that type of joy can be and have instead focused on the fear of being embarrassed or being an embarrassment.
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ~ Verse 18
Maybe that same 5 year old child who has the new puppy starts telling strangers how his puppy was air dropped by a stork and fell down the chimney and that is why it has a brown spot on the tip of its tail. A child’s exuberance can become fanciful and exaggerated – maybe we worry that our own bubblings will appear to be fanciful and exaggerated.
Or maybe the truth seems too harsh in certain situations. Or maybe its easier to ‘dumb it down’ so that it sounds better coming off the lips.
I don’t know about y’all but it seemed God had something to say to me in these passages.