220. There was an i in team

There was an i in team, the way she pronounced it, as was there a q in estuary, a zee in apostrophe and two silent h’s in contemporary. In short: her grasp of the English language left something to be desired.

She had tried everything to remedy her impediment: speech therapists, jaw surgeons, even the occasional faith healer, but none of them had worked enough magic to rid her of the jumbling of letters that made her sentences so unintelligible.

Not that I cared. I loved the way she mangled her words. I loved working out what it was she was actually saying and then getting it totally wrong. I loved her broken, garbled speech and every misguided syllable she ever pronounced.

And when I asked her if she would marry me, I loved that I could not understand whether she said yes or no.

Hell, I wasn’t even listening.

I just looked into her eyes.

And I knew.



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15 thoughts on “220. There was an i in team

  1. jeffgoulding says:

    I love that thank you. Now I have to start reading the rest.

  2. LuceLuxe says:

    This the sweetest thing.

  3. My teeth hurt, but in a good way 🙂

  4. colonialist says:

    After they were married she claimed she was marred?
    Very pleasingly done.

  5. philsblog01 says:

    Ah, your romantic side!

  6. toconnell88 says:

    Ah! I feel all warm in the place my heart should be.

  7. Reblogged this on Thoughts from Elysium and commented:
    Something short and sweet I found. 🙂

  8. Compelling, surprising, beautiful !

  9. John says:

    I think this story has the best opening paragraph ever.

    What a really fun and beautiful story.

  10. kamwera says:

    I love hearing peoples’ different ways of speaking a language, whether it’s because of a speech impediment, spoken as a second language or a regional variety. How refreshing to hear someone celebrate that variety.

  11. I like how every line after the first takes you unexpectedly away from the cliche. Short and definitely sweet, Dieter.

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