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R&W

If you’re reading this, you’re half way there.  If you rewrite it, you’re on point.  It’s International Literacy Day!  So, all around the world, (unless you’re battling a natural disaster), people are celebrating being literate.  Just so we are clear, Webster’s Dictionary defines literacy as the ability to read and write, being able to do one or the other doesn’t count.  If you’re in that boat, today is the perfect day to pick up the other skill.  It’s also a good day to sharpen or increase your reading and writing skills.  For example, if you can read, but only at a glacial pace or only picture books, work on that today.  If you can write, but only like a doctor or a Muppet, practice should be in your immediate future.  Celebrate by helping others become literate or exercising your skills.  Read, write, and…

HOLIDAY ON MY FRIENDS!!!

 

S-A-D Day. Words with Friends Anyone?

It’s Scrabble Day.  Celebrated by millions, this game was invented in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts and is so popular it’s sold in 121 countries and 29 languages.  Scrabble has its own association and annual tournament.  This year’s North American Scrabble Championship will be held July 22-26, in New Orleans.   If you’re interested, registration is still open!

escorted cryI must admit the seemingly innocent, jumbled pile of Scrabble letters taunt me. When I see those 1″x 1″ inch, lettered, wood tiles my heart is filled with a pitiful longing. They are a sad reminder of the days I when was escorted from the family game night table for fear that my greatest number of points would never exceed ten.   To them, I wasn’t worth the turn, the time, the letters.  I knew I was smart.  Still,  my mother, father, and sister banished me to the T.V. room, while they giggled and had intense battles over word challenges.

“Grab the Scrabble dictionary!” I’d hear them shout, bickering and laughing with each other,  while my ear was pressed against the game room door, which they always shut. 

I couldn’t even see the game.  I’d whisper words like, “muzjiks” to myself.  The kind of word I’d try to play if trapped with a Z and a J, should I ever be invited to join the word war on the other side of the door.   I’d listen and whimper, like a dog asking to be released from her crate, while whatever Disney movie they popped in the VHS drowned out my tears.  At least, that’s what I pretended.  Surely, they couldn’t hear me. Surely, they weren’t ignoring my cries.

It wouldn’t be until decades later that I’d have the opportunity to redeem my self-esteem and prove my word-smith potential.  Enter Words with Friends.  Finally, a chance to play! Even though they weren’t really my friends, these strangers didn’t judge me.  They accepted my literary slayings like worthy opponents.  Falling beneath my triple word  scores and sending messages about my spectacular unconventional words, like “caziques.” I was finally a conqueror. I was finally invited to the table.  

A bittersweet pill to swallow since my Dad passed a few years before the gratifying app. In my heart, he plays with me.  Finally noticing me, just like my mother and sister, finally saying, “Here, you can shake the bag.”happy cry

When you celebrate Scrabble Day today, remember that it is a game and all should be invited to the table.  Sometimes, it’s not about the words, it’s about the fellowship!

H-O-L-I-D-A-Y  O-N  M-Y  F-R-I-E-N-D-S!

Read Across America

My favorite two children’s books are Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.   I still love these stories.  We all know the cliche, “reading is fundamental,” but it really is.  Too often, as we get older, reading becomes a chore instead of an escape.  Today, in celebration of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day, I invite you to make a moment to share a book with a child, yours or someone else’s.  Or you can pretend you’re a child and read to yourself.   Have an imaginative day!

What are some of your favorite books?