Monthly Humor Column by Kathy Carlton Willis—
Chatty Kathy

I don’t know why it is, but people enjoy teasing me. As a kid, it was awful—they bullied me. But as a grown-up it’s actually a lot of fun. I now view it as playtime with words. I know they don’t mean to hurt me. They love to call me Chatty Kathy (yes, I know the doll was spelled with a “C”). I told my friend I was nicknamed for a doll and she said I was fortunate…she too was teased with a doll’s name. Her name is Betsy. You can guess her nickname. Betsy Wetsy. Yeah. I think I’ll keep Chatty Kathy. Suddenly it doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

That reminds me. What would Betsy Wetsy be like at my age? In menopause what’s supposed to be wet is dry, and what’s supposed to be dry is wet! I feel like a clammy frog these days! Anyway…I’m glad I’m Chatty Kathy instead.

So we’ve established I like to talk. I’m in love with words. What can I say? (Or I guess the real question is, what won’t I say?)

It reminds me of another cliché I hear these days: “It goes without saying.” Why do we say “It goes without saying” and then we go ahead and say it? Seems to me we should be saying “I can’t help but say…!”

Two other words that seem unnecessary are: “truthfully” or “honestly.” Yeah, I’m pretty sure others expect me to tell them the truth when I talk with them. Yet I’ve caught myself saying this several times in the course of a discussion.  I say it to let people know I’m leveling with them, and perhaps what I’m getting ready to say is something that is difficult to bring up, but to be fair I think I have to mention it.

Wonderhub simply shakes his head with my chatter. Especially when I’m talking to the TV.

Did you ever watch a TV show and think, “I could write better script than that!”? For example, there were two mourners at a grave. One said, “I can’t believe they’ve been gone 19 years already.” The year of death on the tombstone was 1997. Do the math. So I had to inform the character on the TV they needed to learn to subtract. And then there was a shooting. The guy reporting it to the cop said, “I heard the shooter say the victim’s name and he turned around and then the guy shot him.” Later the cop said, “I don’t think this was random. It seems personal.” Ya think? He called out his name. You thought for an instant it was random? I can’t help myself. I have to straighten them out. If you’re like me and talk to your TV, you probably share my standard comment when you holler at the television: “Think, people!”

So, maybe I am Chatty Kathy. But it’s not my fault. I’m in love with words. And that stems from the fact that I’m in love with THE Word. He created me this way. But I’ll try not to share all the words I know at once. That would just be showing off. (Or torture, if you’re the poor person listening.) I’ll try to ration my words. That would only be—rational of course.

My love affair with words goes way back. All the way to the beginning. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1, (KJV).





Kathy Carlton Willis: Kathy writes and speaks with a balance of funny and faith—whimsy and wisdom. Not many funny girls also have Bible degrees! As a pastor’s wife, she has plenty of material for her new Grin with Kathy column at MPN. She has four books coming out in the next couple of years: Speaker to SpeakerGrin with GraceGrin with Joy, and Grin with Peace. She’s affiliated with several Christian writer and speaker organizations and serves as a consultant for others in the publishing industry. Kathy anticipates great things for her 50s (despite the menopause monster), and is pursuing God’s goals with gusto as she dives in to this glorious decade. Kathy’s tagline captures her essence: Light & Lively: His Reflection/Her Laughter. Learn more about Kathy at:


  1. 4-7-2015

    Hi, Kathy! What a fun post! I don’t catch a lot of mistakes like you described on TV, but I do find the writing not very clever sometimes. I am not at all conservative with words either, but, thankfully, my family average tends to be balance out. Thanks for the smile, smirk, grin, giggle, tickle…

    • 4-7-2015

      Hally, thanks so much for your note. It always brings a smile to my face and even better, to my heart, when I see your name!

  2. 4-9-2015

    Thanks Kathy for lightening things up a bit. Needed that.

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