I think it was fate that brought Shawshank Redemption to me last weekend as I was flipping through channels. The plight of Morgan Freeman’s character really helped me cope with something that happened in a meeting today.
Today was our quarterly Student Success Meeting, a meeting dedicated to discussing strategies that will help our students be more successful. (See! We care!)
The conversation eventually turned to the students’ writing skills—or, more specifically, lack thereof. Somebody in the meeting ventured that this generation’s tenuous grasp of grammar will lead to grammar eventually becoming as relevant as the celebrities who appear on Dancing with the Stars.
All of a sudden, everyone looked at me with pity in their eyes. What’s Jenny going to do? She’s going to FREAK OUT! Without grammar, her life is going to be meaningless.
Bu then I thought about Morgan Freeman’s character. He thought he wouldn’t be able to make it outside of Shawshank. And, sure, he struggled for a bit there, but in the end (SPOILER ALERT!!!), he got it together and lived happily ever after with Tim in Zihuatanejo.
So I guess if one day our writing is no longer bound by the shackles of grammar rules, I’ll be fine. I’ll figure out something else to do with my life. Maybe I’ll learn those “Gangnam Style” dance moves. I’ve never made lasagna. I’ve always wanted to visit the world’s tallest thermometer. Maybe I’ll become an actress just in time to get cast in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
But do you think I’ll have to get my SAG card soon? Is grammar on its way to becoming obsolete?