What’s the Word? Giraffes


As many parents do when their children are little, I used to play a game with my son while he learned the sounds that various animals made. It would go something like this:

“Charlie, what does a cow say?”


“What does a doggie say?”

“Woof! Woof!”

We played the game with all kinds of animals: elephants, lions, geese, and roosters. If it had a voice, we imitated it. Once we were stumped.

“Charlie, what does a giraffe say?”


After a brief pause, I heard Charlie, from the back seat of the car, smacking his lips together and chewing imaginary leaves. Hilarious!

I’ve been thinking about that game recently and wondering if we’re known for the noise we make or if it’s better to just quietly go about our business, chewing leaves and letting others sound off. Clearly we value what someone has to say, as is evidenced by “What the fox say?” But aren’t there moments when wisdom dictates that we listen and act without so many words and sounds?

When have you found it valuable to refrain from saying what comes naturally?

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  • Julianna Kirschenman

    I have found it valuable to refrain from saying what comes naturally when my motivation is to be right. When the conversation is centered around a sharing of information, opinions, thoughts, I would hope I would have the courage to speak up naturally, but in a way that people would know me better. So if one day someone would ask, “What does Julianna say?” they would have some idea and it wouldn’t be, she’s always right, she’s always right.

    • Wordspark

      I hear you, sister! What comes out naturally is a reflection of the heart, so that’s where the issues lie.