What a great word. Ya just got to love the long e vowel sound. It sounds so deliberate, decisive yet carefree. See?
Free conjures up happy memories of free space in BINGO, a smile maker for kids at garage sales, the sight of a helium balloon taking off into the sky. Free...I like it.
Yet, there is something I may actually like better. Better than free? What could it be? A bargain! I know bargains are best because I'll brag about them more. Anyone who compliments the bargain item will get a monologue complete with all the details of price and store name.
I know. I've even done it at Aldi's, mind you. Yes, as pitiful as it sounds, once they had bread marked down to something like 25 cents. I flipped open my phone while standing in line and sent a mass text to my friends letting them know.
The new top on clearance for $3 at Old Navy, anyone who compliments it will for sure get an earful about the bargain and where they can find it.
I don't know about you, but I don't really do that with free stuff. Is it because usually free stuff is the stuff you don't necessarily love, like a ratty one eyed teddy in a garage sale bin, or some tops that no longer fit your sister, or the free space that everybody got in BINGO?
What if you got something you absolutely adored for free? Would you talk about that? What thing would I love to get right now? A motorcycle! That's it! What if I got a free motorcycle today...one that runs and is an adorable shade of baby blue? Would I decide that free was better than a bargain?
But what if I found it for $500 and bargained the guy down to $100. Would I like it better?
Doesn't make sense, but I would! Everytime I'd ride it I'd smile to myself and think that was pretty amazing that I got this for a hundred bucks. I'd smile to myself, think good thoughts about myself and have a great day.
Free, if it really is something I love would make me think good thoughts about the giver. How sweet! Why'd they give me that? What good thing had I done for them? Would they want something in return? Oh no! Do I have to give them something in return? Are they expecting it? Will it feel weird if I don't give them something back? Will I have to avoid them if I don't have any money to give them something back?
Although my initial thoughts would be positive about the giver, it wouldn't take long for those thoughts to go back to me. Only instead of thinking good thoughts about myself, I'd be thinking worry-filled thoughts about what I needed to do.
Bargains must indeed be better than free. Bargains keep me as the subject of the sentence. Bargains keep me as the protagonist in the story. Bargains keep me thinking good thoughts about my favorite person...Me!
Hey...maybe that's my favorite word instead.