My mom tells the story that I was in kindergarten or first grade when a significant event in my life happened. My mom, my teacher (who will remain anonymous for obvious reasons), and I were standing outside of the classroom door one afternoon. We were talking about the school day, the art projects I was working on, the strep throat that was going around, and other generalities. My mom says that when Mrs. So-and-so used the incorrect use of "me and I" far too many times, I finally stepped in. "It's 'Erin and I are going to have a fun day tomorrow!' Not 'Me and Erin!!!'" There. I said it. It bothered me so much! How could my teacher get this so wrong? Here's the funny thing. Back when I was in school (but really, I'm not that old) kids didn't learn to read until the end of kindergarten to the beginning of first grade. So here I was correcting my very own teacher's grammar before I could even read! I know I'm not alone in this. Bad grammar bothers people!
I'm very fortunate in that my mom corrected my grammar from the time I began speaking. That is how I could correct my teacher's grammar before I could even read. My mom gave me such an invaluable gift. The reading/writing portions of tests were a piece of cake for me. I never had to study the sentence and think about parts of speech. I could read the sentence once and know what was wrong.
Here's another funny gift that I have. You might even call it an innate ability. I warned you that it's funny. Here it is. I have a gift of being able to find lost jewelry. I'm talking about a tiny earring back that fell off when you were taking off your sweater out at the barn. Or the little gold hoop that fell in the grass during a summer picnic. Gone, right? Nope! I can find it. Those little, tiny things have a way of catching my eye.
What does finding lost jewelry have to do with correcting grammar? I can spot typos and grammatical errors with one, quick glance! I'm serious. Not everyone can do that. We live in such a competitive, fast-paced world that having someone that can spot those accidental mistakes can give you the cutting edge.
Here's a little food for thought. Do you remember your teacher saying you can't start sentences with "But"? We probably all do. But here's the thing-there is no real rule for beginning a sentence with "But." In fact, experienced writers develop a talent for knowing how to convey their tone and talent. And sometimes that means starting a sentence with "But". The next time you hear someone say that you can't start a sentence with "But", go ahead...correct them.
I'm Erin! I'm an MBA graduate with nearly 20 years of experience in HR, small business management, academia, and social media. I am an author, wife, mother, half marathon runner, and lover of the outdoors.