Wow is a multi-purpose word. It can be used in the sight of destruction or birth. It is often utilized to describe the delicate tastes of foods or wines or to express pain. It is can be heard on videos showing us the colors of a sunrise, sunset, rainbows, or a tornado. It’s a good word.
I suppose when we use any word the reader wants to see the picture, but as H.P. Lovecraft taught us long ago - sometimes seeing the picture takes from the story. Sometimes we should only use our own senses to tell us what the monster, or the sunrise, looks like.
The world is so interconnected these days, you could make a statement and the next thing you know your neighbor is asking, or your cousin three times removed has called, but some things need to be enjoyed, without sharing, and just punctuated with the word -Wow!
I don’t like surprises, but still the unexpected creeps up under my skin. I am not one for practical jokes, but God has a way, even at my age, to still throw something unexpected into the mix. And all those who know me, know that I love God and absolutely know He has an amazing, sometimes disturbing, sense of humor.
In my day I have used to word to elucidate many things, if only to myself, and I remember the old School House Rock education on television in the 70s where Wow was always punctuated with an exclamation mark, and rightly it should be. Wow things are simply wow, and not to be confused with other words or pedestrian things. Wow things wake us up, or make us cry, or change our very being for having been blessed to witness or experience them.
Sometimes sharing our Wow lessens it, so although I may share this tidbit of information, I won’t share what inspired it, because the simple inspiration is all that matters.
Standing a little taller and sharing a laugh with God.