I was on my Facebook page, feeling a little blue, bordering on the mean reds, this morning. I clicked on my strip of the day from the Charles M. Schulz Museum, hoping to feel a little better. (Snoopy always works, it’s been proven scientifically, you should “like” them on Facebook.) Today’s clip was from a Sunday strip and it had only one word. Eight panels, one word, pure storytelling genius. That word was *sigh* and the context is beautifully conveyed and understood.
You don’t have to sigh to *sigh*. No forceful exhalation of the air from your lungs, or loud letting of breath, is required. What is required is the yearning, the desire, the longing, the want of something, anything, or even nothing. It can be a simple act of not knowing or the overwhelming of life, choices, decisions, or needs to the point where one simply does not know how else to define the emotion except in the *sigh*.
As we become more adapted to personalities in boxes rather than personalities face to face, the *sigh* will become even more important. Every tweet, every status update, every text that utilizes the *sigh* allows us to convey a lot of emotion and context in a quick and easy manner. Will it be overused? Sure. Don’t we overuse the actual sigh in daily life? We all know someone that sighs too much, rolls eyes too much, and shakes their head too much. I look over the top of my glasses too much. Can’t help it, don’t want to.
The sigh is universal, much like smiling and laughter. I’m willing to bet that if *sigh* is not, it will just be a matter of time.