Back in the old days, words were more powerful than they are now. A good retort could send a person flying across the room. It wasn't uncommon at all to see someone lying on the floor with a big old knot pushing its way through their hair and little birds circling it. "Where did those birds come from?" I used to wonder (I was an inquisitive child.) But I knew that if I looked back in a minute, the knot would be gone. It was a simpler time.