To the Editor,
When a person relocates to Texas, they should know it would require a little bit of adjusting. Along with the scorching summer temperatures, and the awesome barbecue and Mexican food, there will be some new terminology to learn. You may already know about “y’all” and “fixin,’” but a term many never want to start using but often cannot seem to help themselves from saying is “bless your heart.” Bless your heart is a brilliant euphemism that has so many great uses and satisfies proper etiquette in almost any situation.
Often times in life people will find periods where they are in crushing situations. In the medical field, families and patients are often devastated by traumatic or unfair medical news. Sometimes the only thing to say to someone in this or her difficult situation is “Bless your heart, that must have been really difficult for you.” When the physical wounds are so deep that a nurse can see the bone and he or she squirms at the sight of the heinous wound, sometimes the only words to express are, “Bless his heart that looks awful.”
Bless your heart can work in fun, or sarcastic ways too. While seated next to a woman who has nothing better to do than brag about the fantastic vacation she went on, the expensive clothes she bought, or the fabulous steamy romance she has going on, a great response can be, “Well, bless your heart, that’s just wonderful.” All while keeping intact the filter that runs from your brain to your mouth (which says, you little hussy, you do not realize just how good you have it). If someone offers an opinion that you did not ask for, a simple “Well, bless your heart, you even offer opinions to people when they do not ask for them” can suffice.
Bless your heart is a fabulous slang term that can accommodate so many circumstances. It is a catchall slang phrase that can suit your every need. It is like adding that pinch of ingredient that can make a good recipe great. It is something many that move here to Texas hope they will not pick up because it is another slang, bad habit that does not always sound professional. It certainly identifies with most Texas residents, and the good seems to outweigh the bad. There is a profound fondness amongst natives to this term, especially the part that keeps the brain filter in check. So, whatever you have going on in life, whether your life is better than someone else’s, or you think another person is better off than you ... bless your heart.
Navarro College student