I picked it up and went back inside to see what it was. It was .... ummmm ..... wall art. And obviously it meant to make a statement.
Of course I could take it literally and think that someone out there is correcting my grammar, but that would be ridiculous, wouldn't it?
No, more likely I'm the one who is theoretically correcting grammar in my head. English teacher, editor, writer and all that. And let's not forget the OCD. I confess to just a touch of the OCD.
When my daughter Elvira came to pick up Coraline from our regular Tuesday night together, I showed her the package and told her I'd found it on my porch this morning.
"Oooohh," she said. "How mysterious! Where do you think this came from?"
"I have no idea," I said. "Maybe Meier. It's in a Meier bag."
"No, I mean who put it on your porch?"
"I don't know. Probably somebody who knows me. Given what I write about, I'm just grateful it's not a dildo."
"Are you going to hang it up? I think you should hang it up." I could tell Elvira coveted the artwork. She's as bad as I am about correct MUGS (mechanics, usage, grammar, spelling). She even writes texts in perfect English.
"I dunno," I said. "I'm not in the hanging stuff up stage of moving yet. And it has that adverb on it. I hate all adverbs."
"If you don't hang it up, I want it," she said. I'm surprised she didn't sneak it out in Coraline's diaper bag, but I'd given her a lot of stuff to take home already. She's probably regretting it as she reads this.
It's true that I'm probably correcting your grammar or spelling or punctuation in my head if you make a typo. That's what editors do -- we see what other people miss. And I do it silently because unless I'm getting paid to slice and dice with my sharp red pen, or a friend specifically asks, nobody wants to be
If I'm getting paid though, that document will bleed. Money does not buy silence from me.
When was the last time you got a mystery gift? Did you ever find out who gave it to you?