Sports news this morning is about a strange thing that Michael Jordan said yesterday. Meaning to inspire his audience, he said about the future, “The ceiling is the roof.” What did he really mean? We do understand what he was trying to say, but he didn’t really say what he meant. Did you ever get your words tangled up like that? We all, at one time or another, say something that comes out all wrong.
I’m remembering one time at the table when my son took a very immodest portion of food and I tried to impress upon him that he should take a smaller portion and then if he wanted more, to take a second helping. I said, “A gentleman does not take his food all at once. If he wants more, he has a second helping. A pig takes all his food at once.” That was a poor choice of words. My family laughed and laughed at me. “Grandma is a pig,” they said. “She doesn’t take a second helping. She only has one serving.” I had to join the laughter. I hadn’t really said what I had meant.
That incident took place over 30 years ago and to this day my family remembers it. I suspect that people will remember Michael Jordan’s funny statement for a long time, but probably not for more than 30 years.
“The ceiling is the roof.” Will it possibly become a famous saying? It certainly has made for fun conversation.