Finding Your Chee

“Have you found your QI yet?” Donna asked her boyfriend.

“My chee?” Ted asked. “You mean my key? I haven’t lost my key. Why do you ask?”

“No, not your chee or your key,” Donna said. “Your QI, as in Q-I.”

“Do you mean I-Q?” Ted asked. “My IQ is fine. Maybe I’m not a genius, but it’s pretty damn good.”

“No, not your IQ, your QI,” Donna said. “QI comes from Chinese philosophy and medicine. It’s your life force.”

“My life force?” Ted said. “You know, Donna, at times you can really be ostentatious.”

“Me? Ostentatious? Seriously?” Donna said. “You forever cling to your narrow way of looking at things, Ted. You need to open up your mind to alternative, new age perspectives. I wish you’d show more enthusiasm for some of my philosophical beliefs. Can’t you at least try to be just a little more exuberant?”

“New age perspectives?” Ted said. “Last month you were into ouija boards. Two weeks ago you were all about astrology. Now it’s Chinese philosophy. Maybe I’d show more exuberance if you joined the rest of us here on planet Earth.”


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (QI), Word of the Day Challenge (ostentatious), The Daily Spur (forever), Your Daily Word Prompt (cling), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (exuberant).

12 thoughts on “Finding Your Chee

  1. amoralegria November 17, 2020 / 5:23 pm

    I should show this to my brother-in-law! When we play Scrabble, he refuses to accept that “qi” is an acceptable word! He complains every time someone uses it. Yet “taco” is okay!

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    • Marleen November 19, 2020 / 12:13 pm

      Once, when I used QI where the “q” was in two words that both got doubled, one of my sons checked my phone to see if I had just looked the/a word up for my q. (I hadn’t.) Very odd that he was suspicious, but we were using our phones as dictionaries when there had been challenges prior to that.

      In addition to [ chee ] as designation for pronunciation, there is [ chœ ] for the same basic outcome in English; also the spellings chi and Ch’i.

      I have a vhs exercise/energy/breath video, which I bought decades ago. I actually haven’t broken the seal; I think I’ll get it out.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong November 17, 2020 / 6:42 pm

    If it weren’t for Scrabble, I’d never have known there was such a word. Good old Scrabble.

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  3. faithfullyyours2017 November 18, 2020 / 11:25 pm

    yes the word QI I often use while playing scrabble and get many points specially if used with a triple world score….awesome post dango

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  4. leigha66 November 23, 2020 / 5:15 pm

    Sounds like Donna has a hard time making up her mind. Good story!

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