It’s an age old question that has been tested throughout History and time, absolute.
In seeking the company of another, what is it that causes them to fall for you? Is it candy? Power? The size of your automobile? Your job? Your money? Your ability to eat three packets of saltine crackers in less than one minute? What is it, exactly, that communicates to another person how you feel about them, what you’re looking for, and how much you care about them.
Most people say it’s all about showing affection.
Yet, affection is overrated. With society jamming the concept of affection down our throats via greeting cards, Hallmark Hall of Fame movies of the week and Coldplay-inspired montages on a variety of network primetime shows, the concept of affection is becoming the most commonly suggested way of communicating to another how you feel about them. Romance is affection, some have said.
But I disagree wholeheartedly.
I say that affection is far less effective than inflection, or the ability of someone to enunciate and loudly-profess certain phrases to the point of getting annoying. I’ve done the work and the research and would like to present that to you now.
Scenario #1: A young man and woman, at a romantic dinner. The young man’s goal? To make sure his date knows that he loves her.
Affection: The young man touches her hand, caressing it.
Inflection: The young man says, very loudly: “HEY! You ROCK girl!!!”
Scenario #2: A pair of old newlyweds, having been together for over 50 years are sitting in a park, feeding the birds.
Affection: The old woman reaches up, fixing her husband’s hair.
Inflection: The old woman screams, “THESE BIRDS HAVE RABIES!!”
Scenario #3: At a wedding, a couple sits at their head table.
Affection: The groom feeds a piece of a cake to his new wife.
Inflection: The groom says, loudly, “HAHAHAHA!!”
Affection versus Inflection. The battle may rage on as time marches forward, but if you ask me — the louder you are, no matter what you say, communicates affection far better than some of those quiet, sissy hand motions, eye-glares, and yes…candy.
Disagree with me. I dare you.
Tomorrow, don’t forget about WFME’s weekly “Words For Your Enjoyment” — where you provide the idea, we possibly use it, and you get props for your creative genius. (We’re also giving out props this week from the Encino High School’s recently wrapped production of Oklahoma! Go ahead, try us. Submit your idea here.