Emojis mean never having to say you’re sorry (or anything)

Sometimes I have so little faith in my ability to communicate through the written word that only emojis will do.

Emojis are succinct and immediate. Emojis are present; they live “in the now.” You can take them at face value, sometimes literally. 😮

But words? Words carry subtext. Words conflate. Words stir up the poopoo, especially on social media. I’ve learned the hard way it’s best to stick with emojis or say nothing at all.

But today’s prompt isn’t about my inability to effectively communicate on Facebook. It’s about the emojis I like.

I favor the “dark red heart” emoji and use it every day. The bright red heart is adequate, but I like the depth of a darker heart. ♥️ > ❤️

The nature emojis I use change with the seasons. 🦆🍁 🌳 ❄️ 🐝

Never underestimate the value of a randomly placed bikini. 👙

But my favorite emoji is one I no longer use. At my old radio job, most of our communication took place on a Slack channel. At the end of each work day, we were to post a “cooked shrimp” to signify we were “clocking out.” Every day around 5:00 p.m., the newsroom channel would populate with several cooked shrimp. No matter what was going on in the world of news, seeing all those cooked shrimps one after the other always gave me a belly-laugh. 🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤

Emojis, even the fishy ones, are the literary Skittles that satisfy my mind’s sweet tooth. I crave them every day. But I’ll always prefer a homegrown, home-cooked meal of words, sentences and paragraphs.👙You’ve heard of farm-to-table. I like mind-to-paper.

Thanks for reading my blog. ♥️ Connie

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