Should should be stricken from our vocabulary? from the English language? from the world? Should is filled with expectation. Should is fraught with disappointment. Should is a false sense of security. I know what I should do. I know how I should act or react. I know why I should feel a certain way.
The Friends and Family Shoulds:
- You should respect your parents.
- You should clean your room.
- You should be nice to one another.
- You should call your mother more often.
- You should raise your children to improve the world.
- You should be a better spouse.
- You should clean the house.
- You should make your bed.
- You should take out the garbage.
- You should call more often.
- She should understand by now.
- She should just get over it.
- She should grow up.
- She should not text and drive.
- He should slow down.
- He should care more.
- He should sleep less.
- He should communicate better.
- He should ask more questions.
- He should help without asking.
I could go on and on with the dreaded shoulds. I could even make a Dr. Seuss book out of shoulds.
Should he, shouldn’t he, should she, shouldn’t she? Should they, shouldn’t they?
Not on a bus, not on a plane, not in a car, not on a train.
I should not, I will not, I can not. I won’t.
Not in a box, not with a fox, not in a house, not with a mouse.
I will not say should, I will not! I won’t!