For Pete’s Sake Day (February 26) celebrates one example of a ‘minced oath’, where an offensive word or phrase is substituted by something more acceptable in society. Other examples include ‘For crying out loud!’, and “Sugar!”. Such euphemisms have been used for centuries whenever people hit thumbs with hammers, burn hands on hot plates, or sit on sharp things while in polite company.  Or when having an absolutely sucky day.

Have you ever experienced a day that started out OK, then gradually went downhill until you finally got back home?  I am switching from a desktop computer to a laptop and I decided to go shopping today.  On the bus.  I went the wrong way on the first bus, then I went too far in the opposite direction, then I still had to walk 5 blocks to get to my destination.  Once there, I waited for someone to help me, after one brief encounter, I waited another thirty minutes and gave up.  I did not buy my laptop.   I decided to treat myself to Mexican food for lunch.  Thirty minutes after I ordered, the food had not arrived, so after having eaten on a few chips and salsa, I left to catch the bus back home.  On my way back to the bus (5 blocks), I started crying.  I mean, for Pete’s sake, why is this happening to me?  Only I wasn’t thinking “for Pete’s sake.”

Yesterday, I commented on a post with which I was at odds, and someone replied to my comment by saying, Boo Hoo!


I thought about this today as I was walking and crying and it made me laugh out loud.  The fact that someone really doesn’t care about my “issues”, and doesn’t mind telling me, is funny.  Which is good for me.  I am reminded that sh*t happens to everyone, and, of course, now that I have laughed, I feel much better.

I have attached a Youtube video of my father, Eddie Green, and a lady by the name of Billie Wilson.  The song “I’m Sorry For It Now”, was written by Eddie in 1924.  I spent a little time researching Billie Wilson, but all I could find out is that she made one recording for Paramount (this one), and that her full name, according to the October 4, 1924 issue of the Chicago Defender, was Zora (Billie) Wilson.  The lady in this song is totally having her own issue.   Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “OH, FOR PETE’S SAKE!

  1. Elva – so glad you were able to laugh in the middle of a ‘bad day.’ Laughter has lifted my spirits time & again in dark places (of course, like you inferred, we have to be able to laugh at ourselves!! Not easy sometimes, but a good thing to learn.)

    Big blessings to you(!) + grace, peace & laughter – Virginia : )


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