By: Danny Thomas
if you’ve read my blog before
this may be a case of stating the obvious
but, I’m going to state it anyway
I love words.
I love language
I believe that language is an organism
that it is meant to grow and evolve
just as we do
just as our minds do.
from an early age, the 2nd grade I believe,
I realized that I had a home in words…
that language was a place for me
and it had to do with learning about poetry
and e.e. cummings especially…
the idea that language has rules
but you can deign to break them
if by breaking them
you express yourself more deeply
if not more clearly…
ohhh I get jazzed just thinking about it now…
thinking about that feeling
i grew up in a house that fostered those feelings
a house of bookworms
a prominent feature of the house I grew up in
where my parents still live
is a built-in bookshelf.
my brother and both of my parents
are voracious readers
it’s no surprise that I married a voracious reader too!
in my house
and word games
were the usual
and long conversations
about this news item, or current event,
or that philosophical theory or mythical allegory
to the point that family friends
still talk about
at our house.
and even my grandmother
would comment about our
unique, stimulating dinner dialogue…
now here I am
as a parent
on the brink of experiencing all of that delight
in a new way
The five-year-old is learning to
read and write!
sounding out words and phrases like
love, and donut, and do not disturb…
and I realize that
and our game play,
is taking on a whole new dimension
and I am thrilled.
The three-year-old is not far behind…
but her language development is at a different
words and wordplay
using words to express herself
means sometimes making up new words out of thin air,
combining words she knows
some are for play, nonsense words (I love these a lot)
and some are utilitarian (these I love too)
and some are just for more clear expression of what she’s feeling
a direct line to her heart, as it were. (I love these the most)
my favorite of these
made up just this morning
combines hug and snuggle
how can you not love huggle?
and how amazing that
knows that a huggle is what she needs
and knows and understands our strange language
well enough to make up the word.