In Honor of our Mothers – Mother’s Day 2014

A word to DEBATERS:  In honor of Mother’s Day 2014, prior to attending your national invitational…

Resolved: For one day, debaters will not utter the word “actually” to their mothers.

Definition 1 – day – 24 hours

Definition 2 – utter – to give audible expression to; speak or pronounce

Harm 1 –         Miscommunication

Link 1 – debaters begin 98% of their everyday responses to mothers with the word “actually”

                                        Link 2 – mothers feel challenged by their children

                                      Impact – debaters and their mothers are sad

 Plan – The word “actually” will be eliminated from the debater’s vocabulary for 24 consecutive hours

Advantages – Adv 1 – Mothers and their debater children will live in harmony

        Adv 2 – Mothers and their children will hug often before arriving at the national tournament, where debaters will then be able to resume use of the word ad nauseum.

 

A word to SPEAKERS:  In honor of Mother’s Day 2014, prior to attending your national invitational agree to say frequently,

 “Why, yes Mother, I HAVE been practicing my speeches and plan to do SO much more.”

 

A word to MOTHER COACHES:

 

  1. Do not act shocked or alarmed – gratefully welcome any positively altered behavior in your speakers/debaters.
  2. Do not ask, “Have you been reading Mrs. Heggem’s blog?”
  3. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.  God bless you all!