A friend of mine sends me notes to remind me of things, or notes of encouragement, or just notes that say “hey, I’m thinking of you, what’s up?” I absolutely love seeing her name in my inbox. It’s like opening a present. But sometimes at the end of her notes she signs her name and then follows that up with a bunch of J’s.
At first I was stumped. Why on earth was my galpal sending me a long line of J’s?! Was her keyboard defective? Was there a message in her letter I wasn’t getting? Did she choose a new name for herself and was it unspeakable? How could I find out what those darned J’s meant without insulting her and asking straight out “hey you, what is with all the J’s?”
Since she’s a wonderful friend and since I figured she had every right to use whatever keys she wanted I didn’t ask her directly, but since it disturbed me that there might be some rational explanation I did some online sleuthing. It wasn’t too hard to find out what the problem is. You see, if she uses “Outlook” when she sends a wingding, or an iconic image, and my computer doesn’t read it properly it will show up as a “J”. Her smiley faces were arriving in my desktop as J’s.
I like smiley faces and it’s going to take a while to accept a J is in fact a smiley face, but now that I know what it is I actually feel a lot happier!