Blog 40 Interpretation
October 24, 2015
As one can imagine interpreting thoughts Ideas, meanings expressions or jesters are a very important part of daily communication. A lot of these interpretations more often than not are brought visual jesters rolling of the eyes or by looking away, a shrug of the shoulders. If your visual impaired these jesters can be missed! As someone who is visual impaired more often than not we can hear the stress or anger, or the sadness in someone voice that gives a distinction of where that person is head in their conversation or even story telling. Another way interpreting is through writing such as Shakes spear, Yeats, and Shaw to name a few . Their writing are sometimes boring, but can also be inspiring they can make you think, they can move you, and could even inspire you!
I found myself in a Irish Literature course last semester as part of minor. I right smack dab in the middle of interpreting poems and short stories Yeats, Shaw Lady Gregory.
I found out something very important I am TERRIBLE at it! I would sit down listen write what I thought they were trying to say only to sit in class and find out what that what I wrote was wrong. One time we were talking about one part of a poem and I drew a comparison to another poem and the prof said NO it had nothing, to do with anything it was just a filler in the poem.
I asked her what she meant by that she then told me I have to interpret what the poet was saying. I then told her that was impossible because I just told you what I thought and you told me it was wrong. So it is not what I think he is trying to say it is what you think he is saying that is correct . She then asked me to see after class.
She explained many scholars have written the interpretation of these poems. I said OH so it is their interpretation I should know? She got upset and told me that I do not understand, I told her I understood completely I also told I gave up interpreting what things meant after my first wife!
Needless to say she was not happy with that comment but I passed the course and we never spoke again. As I look back on many times in my life I have never been a person who interpreters very well like in a conversation for example now understanding that some people have a good command of the langue however they must put hidden meaning in what they say. I realized I am not very good at picking that up either I always believed that if you want something ask for it, if you got something to say, say it!
I guess that’s why I had trouble in the Army some Officers or Sargent would give you and order you would follow it someone else would come along with a higher rank yell at you and when tell them who told you to do it, that person would Say “ No I did not mean that”.
So I understand that I need to be told directly needs to done or what I can or can’t do there cannot be room for me to interpret on my own.
You are probably wondering where this is all going. It has been known from time to time that I like to do DIY projects. No nothing crazy besides I have no more power saws! lol
You know hammering nail, soar thumbs, sanding tables little painting projects here and there, are they perfect no but there fun.
People ask me how I can see to do it I tell them the trick is do not get distracted if do you will never find were you stop. Do small section at a time and only stop when you are finished. The big questions I get is how does it look when your done I say “ It looks fine to me”! lol
It may need a touch up here and there but most paint jobs do anyways when it dries. Which leads me to this my wife and I have planning to paint the bather since July 2015 every time we plan to paint something comes up. After while I stopped planning! The last couple of weekends we have made it plan to get the painting done but again something came up. So I asked if she wanted me to paint the bathroom and of course she said no she will get it done. On Thursday this week our toilet seat broke so asked to one up on the way home from work, nothing fancy, nothing expensive, cheap like the good Scots man I am.
So hears were the interpretation problem comes in. She came in with this fancy wooden seat polished fittings. I told that is not cheap, and her reply “ well it was on sail” there you one misunderstanding it was on sale so therefore cheaper than it originally was.
She then explained how nice it will look when the bathroom was is painted? I told her “ but I need to change the seat tomorrow? She said I know.
So today I painted the bathroom and put the new toilet seat on. It is not a big bathroom but as I understood it that since I had to change the toilet first I should paint bathroom. It came out great a few touch ups here and there but it got done. All the pictures were hung and towel rack put back on and light switch covers put on all before she got home.
Before that my oldest son came by the house and asked me,
Wasn’t mom painting the bathroom? I said no she told me that the new toilet seat would look good once the bathroom was painted, so I painted the bather and put the new toilet seat on. He said “so that is how you understood it”!
When my wife came home after work she went to the bathroom and laughed. She came and told how good it looked and she was happy it was done!
What else could she say I only Interpreted what she told me.