Song lines, childhood jumprope chants, catchy commercial jingles and tantalizing titles pop up randomly in my thinking, sometimes with an identifiable hook, sometimes not.

There is one taunting me at the moment in response to news on the net, radio and in print. It’s a phrase I don’t think I’ve ever written or read; I’ve only heard it though I don’t recall the particulars. My parents and grandparents used similar comments.

JUST DESERTS. That’s it. It refers to deserved consequences, and though it is normally used in a negative way it can describe merited rewards, too. It mimics ‘karma’ we hear so much about these days in the negative, though karma can also be a positive.

Don’t try to tell me I have misspelled it.(I thought that first as well). It IS pronounced like the chocolate cake we eat at the end of a meal, but this word that entered the English from the French in the thirteenth century stubbornly refused the second ‘s’ because of its derivation. JUST DESERTS is probably the only use that remains.

Perhaps Larry Nassar is receiving just deserts with a 175-year prison sentence, if one can consider ANY sentence just enough for his crimes.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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