I love the fact that most of you will immediately recognize this feeling. Are you brave enough to share in the comments what it was you did?
Feeling indignant over being suspected of a sin you did, in fact, commit.
Doing something for the last time without realizing that it's your last time doing it.
(If you think about this one too much, you'll become so paranoid that everything you do, you'll wonder, "Is this the last time?")
EDIT: How appropriate that this was my last blog post for over a year...
Thanks to my friend Gnome for this one:
That brief period of time when you've finished all the laundry and the only dirty clothes are the ones you're wearing.
(This is my favorite part of this blog. You've felt them. I've felt them. But there's no word to describe them. Maybe we should write about them!)
Attending a potluck and only eating the food that you brought.
Ages ago, I got really into great, evocative foreign words and phrases with no English equivalent. Words such as Kummerspeck, the German word for the weight you gain from emotional eating. Phrases like l'esprit de l'escalier, the French phrase for "staircase wit," the moment when you think of the perfect reply or comeback only when it's too late to use it.
I got to thinking about all of the neglected states that don't have their own translation (that I'm aware of) in any language. Let's bring awareness to these poor, forgotten feelings that everyone knows, but no one knows how to say.
I'll be posting these states regularly, in the hopes that one of you might be able to give them names, English or otherwise. Without further delay, our first state:
The emotion of being resigned to the imminent death of a loved one who then survives.