I did a double take, just now, when I realized this is my first post about double takes, defined as ….
a rapid or surprised second look, either literal or figurative, at a person or situation whose significance had not been completely grasped at first:
His friends did a double take when they saw how much weight he had lost.
I’m doing a double take at that definition because
- I don’t know what a figurative double take would look like, literally or figuratively.
- I don’t know how much weight I’ve lost recently because, as I discovered yesterday, our scale in the bathroom presents two very different weights, depending on where you move it on the floor.
In case you haven’t completely grasped the weight or significance of today’s title, here are some visual double takes:
Did you do any double takes at any of those photos, literally or figuratively?
Yesterday, Michael & I were trying to remember supermarkets that were around when we were young. We remembered Stop & Shop (still around today) and A & P (no longer with us). I asked Michael, “Do you remember the old joke that Stop & Shop and A & P are merging and the new name is ‘Stop & P’?” I did a double take when Michael said he’d never heard that.
Here’s a double take of gratitude for (1) all those who helped me create today’s blog and (2) YOU.