Last Tuesday we were packing away the shopping and Doug decided to deal with the Celery. I came up beside him and started to wash it. “You cut the main stems awfully short.” I remarked, examining the wastage. “We’ll use it for soup.” He replied as he commenced chopping the top pieces. I was still a little miffed as I examined the lengths. It was then Doug offered with a cheeky grin. “If you don’t like it you can do it yourself you know.” “Oops!” I remarked laughing, “Oh! No it’s fine, it will make amazing soup.” I exaggerated. The last thing I wanted was to be chopping veggies for soup.
Don’t you love that word? Oops! Well, it doesn’t really matter whether you do or not because I do. One of my mother’s frequently repeated quotes was, ‘love covers a multitude of sins’. When you would apologise for some misdemeanour she would say with a smile, “Its ok, love covers a multitude of sins.” However I reckon second to that Oops covers a vast number of sins two. Now before you theologians get upset about my comparison with St Peters words, this is not an exegesis of 1 Peter 4:8, this is just a bit of light-hearted blogging. I’m not talking about robbery or murder here.
Oops comes from the saying ‘Oopsy-daisy’. It was a term used when a child stumbled or when encouraging them to get up again. The earliest recorded variant of which is Up-a-daisy (by Jonathan Swift back in 1711). According to the Oxford dictionary oops is used to show recognition of a minor error or accident. So many people hate to admit they are wrong. Oops allows them to admit their fault without embarrassment or guilt.
I have used ‘Oops!’ in so many circumstances. For instance I have used it, when I have accidentally sent an unfinished text mid sentence. When I have called someone by the wrong name, when I have left the door ajar and the heating is on. When deleting a file I should have saved ……….the list is endless.
I was talking to my daughter Anita on the phone over the weekend and she referred to putting some money aside just in case she had an ‘Oops moment’. Now I have never heard oops used in that vein before. Like it or hate it I think ‘oops’ is here to stay.
By the way there is only one way to cover a multitude of sins really, that’s through going to God and asking for the forgiveness that Jesus procured for you on Calvary.