I’d like to tell you that I’m not one of those folks who collect things–that I’m not a stuff girl, that I’m a minimalist–but that’d be a flat out lie. A quick glance around my place and you’d know that I collect books. Or perhaps it’s more true to say that books just multiply like rabbits around here. Peek into my office/art space and you’d see that I also collect art supplies. I know. I have a problem. I’m always like, how does this happen? There could be worse things, right?
But I also collect words. As a young girl, I was fascinated with my uncle’s copy of Word Origins and Their Romantic History by some guy with the last name Funk. I’d pore over its pages… drawn in by fascinating stories of how this or that word came to be. And then there was Gram, with her endless crossword puzzles and the way she’d whip out words we’d never heard of whenever we played Scrabble. Oh sure, we could always hoist her huge (by huge, I mean like five inches thick) copy of Webster’s Super Duper Complete and Unabridged Dictionary onto the table and challenge her. But since we knew we not only stood to lose, but also might get sidetrack by ALL THE WORDS, really–why bother!
So there you have it. I come by my love of words quite honestly. I doodle them. I journal about them. I roll them around in my head and see if they warrant a permanent place in my life. And over the past year, four simple words have floated like cream to the forefront of my consciousness. I’m calling them my anchor words. I literally have them on an app because I want to be reminded of them throughout my days.
I apologize for keeping you in suspense by not mentioning them yet. Honestly, it’s not just a ploy to keep you reading; it’s actually more of a tactic to keep me writing (here, four pre-determined topics just waiting in the wings). It’s also that I don’t like to write posts longer than 500 words (because I myself don’t have much more attention span than that) and here we are around 400 already.
But also, in the spirit of conversation . . . you go first. Are there any words you find yourself keep coming back to? Really, I’d love to know! And I promise to