Sunday, May 23, 2010

Week in Seven Words #16

kingdoms
Shoeboxes, straws, stickers, yarn and strings, the earnest work of crayons and markers and some glue, and what she has is a kingdom - with a main hall, a throne room, and more rooms beside - and the inhabitants are some of her favorite creatures.

melodies
She sets events to different melodies; she sings the words and melodies she knows, or fits new words to familiar tunes, or makes up the words and music on the fly, her favorite stuffed dog snuggled at her elbow.

myself
"No I can do it." And for extra emphasis - "By myself."

nook
I settle on the ends of sofas, curling up with a book or for some conversation or television. There's also the corner chair at the table, the seat tucked against the wall; I'm nestled against the table-edge and next to the poster with the woman and child walking through the poppy fields.

phonetics
The fun of spelling out words with sticker letters. He places the 'o' too low relative to the other letters; it looks like the word is spilling down. So I tell him that now, when the word arrives at that 'o', he'll need to make his voice swoop down to a deep pitch ('ohhhhhh'). When he places an 'r' too high, I tell him that now the 'r' will sound like a high-pitched shivering bumblebee ('eeeerrrr').

relish
She describes the delight of a cookie, a glass of milk, and a book. How she'll lay the cookie carefully on a napkin, slowly pour the milk, set them side by side on the table and spread the book open in front of them. And if there's an interruption - the phone ringing or someone calling her name - she doesn't mind so much, because she knows that the book, the cookie, and the milk will still be waiting on the table.

repose
I wake up in a softly bright room, with a vase of sunflowers at the foot of my bed.

7 comments:

Rima said...

Glad to have found your blog too! Word wonder indeed! :)
Thanks for your kind comment.
And best wishes
Rima

Lucy said...

The last sounds especially like perfection.

naida said...

I like repose, sunflowers are my favorite. And nook sounds very cozy!

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John Hayes said...

Repose is such a lovely & appropriate ending to the series, just as kingdom starts it off beautifully. & phonetics is wonderful: both visual & auditory. Very much enjoyed these!

patteran said...

A week spent in tight orbit around the small but intense world of the child. Resonances throughout each section here!

Relyn said...

I love this. Especially Kingdoms. Aren't children the most wonderful teachers?




Oh my gosh! My word verification is: joystax. How appropriate is that?

HKatz said...

Thank you all for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and reactions.

My word verification is: joystax. How appropriate is that?
And considering how much block and lego building I witnessed too, this week :) And I agree that children teach you so much (mostly inadvertently).

tight orbit around the small but intense world of the child.
I love how you capture that feeling here.

just as kingdom starts it off beautifully. & phonetics is wonderful
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed; and phonetics was an unexpected delight - I was trying to find a way to keep him entertained during an afternoon indoors.

And nook sounds very cozy!
A nook is generally a wonderful and cozy place to be.

The last sounds especially like perfection.
It was lovely. Something to savor.

Word wonder indeed!
Children, words, and wonder all go together readily.