Disappear From Sight

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First time seeing Josh after 7 weeks of BEAST training at West Pont.

Have you ever had to eat your words?

I’m sure I have, but at the moment, nothing comes to mind.  Perhaps, even if I could, I wouldn’t share as “eating your words” is considered quite distasteful.

Often, the words we have to eat are bitter.

I believe the words we say never disappear.  They linger and take their abode within the minds of those who hear.

I remember the day, Corinne and I left Josh, our son, at West Point.  As a new cadet, he was about to enter basic training, or “BEAST BARRACKS” as it is referred to at West Point.  Beast Barracks is a 7-week program designed to transform young men and women into cadets worthy enough to be sanctioned Plebes, the lowest rank on campus.

My heart hurt at the thought of what he was about to face, and as most moms in this world, my imagination soared beyond the realms of reality.  Sitting in the auditorium I heard an officer beckon the new cadets to come forward, and I knew this would be the last time I’d see Josh for what would seem an eternity.  I looked at him and he looked at me, and I’ll never forget the words he said, “Write and write soon.”  Tears ran down my face as I watched him walk away and disappear from sight.

I was able to write him immediately; however, it would be weeks before he would be allowed to write home.  When those letters came, I couldn’t wait to open the envelope and devour the words on the page.  The words were few because he rarely had a moment to spare during BEAST, so I hung on every word.  His words were important to me.  Finally, after seven weeks, we were allowed to go and visit him at West Point, and that is a moment, and a hug, I will never forget.

When we love someone, their words matter.

This was true of King David’s relationship with God.  In the book of Psalms, he has this say about the words of God,

“They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.  They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.”

The more we fall in love with Jesus, the more we want to listen for his still small voice.  They become a balm for our soul.

On the flip side…guess what?

Our words are just as important to God.  He loves us so much, that our words matter, and he waits patiently to hear them.

Talk to God today…He loves your voice.

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Daily Prompt:  Disappear

 

Okay, I remember a time when I had to eat my nasty words…I even wrote a blog about it.  Almost two years ago on election night, I colored the world of Facebook with a wide array of colorful expletives.  As a result, there were consequences to bear.  I was unfriended by friends and family.  Those family members, to this day,  ignore my Christmas cards, and of course, I get none from them. Words matter.

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May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.   (Psalm 19:14)

 

 

 

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Playing With Homos

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I think, perhaps, writers have a love/hate relationship with words.  We love them when they flow, and curse them when they do not.

Words…they are fascinating entities.

Take for example, yesterday’s daily prompt, rebel.

Rebel can be used as either a noun or a verb.

As a noun, rebel describes a person who rises up against authority.  For example:

  • The single-minded rebel picked up her sign, and took her first step, of many, in the 2017 Women’s March.

As a verb, the word rebel is defined as…the action one takes in order to resist, reject, or rise against authority.  For example:

  • To a young Susan B. Anthony, a male schoolteacher once told her there was no need for her to learn long division because “a girl needs to know how to read the Bible and count her egg money, nothing more.” She never forgot the slight.  As a result she chose to rebel against the established patriarchal society.  (view info)

  Words such as this are called, homographs.  (homos for short)

Homographs may be pronounced the same (homonyms), or they may be pronounced differently (heteronyms, also known as heterophones).

Whether homos or heteros, these words can prove to be tricky for any writer.

There are many homos lurking about, and they can easily be overlooked unless they are outed.  I thought it would be fun to bring some of the homos out of hiding.

Lets have a gay time, playing with some homos:  

  • Fifty Shades of Grey contains little agape love, so, she read with her mouth agape, and turned the pages quickly.
  • With needle and thread, she had to, once again, sow her split pants.  This caused the fat sow in the pig pen to scowl, because all she wanted to do was roll in the mud.
  • In one minute flat the roaring giant became a minute mouse.
  • Johnny was lonely and moped about, until he saw a clown drive by on a moped.
  • She surveyed the beautiful object she held within her hand, and for the hundredth time wondered why anyone would object to its place in the museum.
  • Trump loves putting on the green; however, I think it’s high time he enjoys putting his duties before his fun.
  • Timmy tried to wind his watch, but in the process he accidentally broke wind.
  • The proceeds from the charity raffle were carefully counted, while everyone held their breath in hope it proceeds last years count.
  • Kathy watched the boys as they disappeared…she desperately wanted to row her own boat, but when she looked at the ground she realized there was still a row to hoe.

Please feel free to join in the fun!

Search your tack box of words, pick out your favorite homos, and tack them to this list!

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Today I couldn’t see the forest for the homos!

Today’s daily word:  Forest

Disclaimer…mistakes  found in this posting are strictly the homo’s fault.

PS – I’m as gay as they come, so nothing in this post is intended to offend any homo.