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Dear cliche: Knock it off

OPINION

May 02, 2012|By Katie Killacky, For RedEye

Dear Open Letter Writer,

I've been seeing a lot of you lately—on Facebook, in newspaper columns and even in spoken conversations. This banal form in which you choose to vent is not becoming—but has become—outdated, tiring and just plain unfunny. I'm also trying to save you time. You write a lot of letters to people who will never read them.

There seems to be a lot of angst in our world, and prayers and upset are often, and simply, addressed through this method of expression quite frequently. While I appreciate you taking out your despondency in a peaceful and nonviolent manner, I have to tell you—I'm just over it.

I can understand the letters that ask for a favor. "Dear weather, please behave on my wedding day." Or "Dear Illinois Lottery, please let me be the Mega Millions winner." These are hopeful, harmless pleas that would make your day that much better. However, you must realize you sound like an idiot, right? Can we just be old fashioned and go back to praying to God who, if he does exist, has a much better chance of making these things happen?

The other day you wrote "Dear lady standing in front of me at Starbucks" and preceded to vent about your high level of annoyance at her inability to order drinks for her office in an efficient manner, thus making you late for your pedicure. I just don't feel bad for you if that is the greatest discord you face throughout the day. By the way, do you suppose this was the same woman who cut you off in traffic right before you pulled out your iPhone while driving to let your social network know? Was she also the chick who grossed you out bybreast-feeding in public? That broad is just ruining your life. Ugh.

I have to say though, some of my favorites have been your unsolicited advice you've doled out to celebrities. I'm pretty sure Lindsay had no idea she had a drug problem until you brought it to her attention, and I honestly thought Tori might literally "go away" as you requested. I'm not sure where, but your letter gave us all hope. And I'm also sure Ryan Gosling keeps your note with the marriage proposal tucked under his pillow at night. It was, after all, quite moving.

My reason for writing you back is to beseech you to come up with more clever and unique ways to vent about the mundane, for lack of a better word, crap, that goes on in your life. Furthermore, your "thank yous" that follow sunny skies should not be directed toward me as I cannot take credit for them. I have forwarded them on to goodness and your lucky stars.

Sincerely,

The Weather

P.S. You can also stop using the term "WINNING!"

KATIE KILLACKY IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.

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