Bad Mood

Prompt: Sentimental


Sentimental seems to be a word full of  meaning, but it really is not. It means you attach emotional importance to something that otherwise has no meaning. Like the wooden spoon I have, that belonged to my aunt. It has “sentimental” value, but otherwise is a bit of singed, blackened wood that is intrinsically worthless. Why do we try to attach meaning where there is none, and ignore meaning when it has value?

Sentimental means looking back and only seeing the good things; as with the movie Gone with the Wind. I love the film, but I watch with caution, because sentimentality fogs the truth in insidious ways.

In fact, sentimentality sucks. I have great memories and I hope, not many sentimental ones. I remember people as they really were, I hope, and times as they really were. They were good and important. Or difficult and important.

The good is good. The bad is bad. The parts in between are what they are. But romanticizing and longing for something that never really existed is a futile exercise.

Maybe I’m just in a bad mood today.

2 thoughts on “Bad Mood

  1. Sentimental is an adjective which means “of or prompted by feelings of tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia.” Sentimentality is excessive tenderness, sadness, or nostalgia. The difference between the two is like the difference between eating and gluttony, pathos and bathos. I agree that sentimentality should be avoided at all costs, but avoiding feeling sentimental takes compassion, tenderness and feeling out of our world.

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