Two Words that Make Me Smile

alligatorI was asked to write a post about a two-word phrase that makes me smile. It took only a second to realize those words are “Later ‘gator.” Just saying them is pleasing to the ear. It’s the rhyming thing. This phrase is from childhood that I still use when trying to be funny, or to make goodbyes not so sad.

I have an Uncle Ray that would tease me when I was a child and I thought he was so cool. His visits were like a spotlight that came on and you never knew what the next act would be.

Uncle Ray would sing “The Battle of New Orleans” when it came on the radio. As he sang, he would dance and act out the song. He looked so funny, but he didn’t care, he was having a great time.

Saying goodbye to him was never sad. He would give me a hug and as he was leaving he would wave and say “Later ‘gator” and then wait for me to respond. I would giggle and reply “After a while crocodile.” Now how could that silly exchange do anything but make you smile?

So what two-word phrase makes you smile?


One thought on “Two Words that Make Me Smile

  1. “not much”. I’ve always loved that that is common, and an acceptable response to the question “So what have you been up to?” Not much? Really? Not much? I feel that if you respond with “Not much” – and mean it, you should reevaluate how you spend your time. You should want to inundate the asker of that query with a plethora of exciting things you’ve been doing. I’m not talking about skydiving or anything crazy, but when someone asks you, you should be able to tell them what you’re reading or some new recipe you made. Anything is better than “not much”.


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