Sunday, October 3, 2010

Week in Seven Words #35

administrators
The administrators who help me out are kindly, good-humored and tolerant of my anxious queries; I'm grateful they don't resemble stereotypical bureaucrats, the ones who idly bat you from paw to paw like bored cats.

covalence
I tense up in situations like these, stepping into a crowded space where I can't spot a familiar face and everyone seems to be clumped together already with their cups of sangria and their little plates of veggies and cookies. I guess their behavior reassures me to some extent as well, the fact that they're already in bunches and pairs, because it shows that I'm not the only one who feels awkward about being a lone floating atom. At last I find my way to one small group, which broadens slightly to admit me, and we stand in a little sangria-clutching circle, making introductions, searching for things we can all talk about and briefly bond over.

dance
Some of the dancing is dignified, as when we make slow turns, our palms pressed together and our skirts flaring out and then subsiding against our legs. Other times it's happily undignified, like when I'm turning in circles with a young child who is convinced that he can dance without his feet touching the ground at all.

forecasting
Leaves, gold brown and orange, whip around and batter the window like snowflakes.

goodies
She brings me a lovely new skirt the color of honeycombs and evergreens, and along with it a package of snickerdoodle animal crackers.

matches
They're strewn among the tea lights - charred and scarred canoes floundering in a calm flickering sea.

wadded
When I have a cold, the world feels like it's coming to me through a layer of cotton balls. My mouth is limp with cherry-flavored cough drop numbness.

8 comments:

John Hayes said...

Beautiful imagery--love the matchstick canoes & the covalent wine & cheese (or veggie & cookie) crowd. Hope you feel better soon--& enjoy those animal crackers.

naida said...

I really like forecasting and administrators. Wouldnt it be nice if all administrators were that way?

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abigailtarttelin.com said...

Love this idea... You write beautifully!

HKatz said...

Hope you feel better soon--& enjoy those animal crackers.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post. And the partaking of animal crackers is in fact linked to feeling better during a cold.

Wouldnt it be nice if all administrators were that way?
I know, it would be great; but at least the good ones, in addition to helping you, also give you a feeling of pleasant surprise...

Love this idea... You write beautifully!
Thanks! And welcome to the blog!

patteran said...

How lucky you are with your administrators. Here they're either 12-years-old and know nothing or catatonic!

Relyn said...

covalence. Ah. You hit a nerve here. I hate, I do mean HATE, small talk, clumps of people parties, blah, blah. I HATE walking in alone. Would rather stay home. HATE IT!

Feel better. Oh yes, feel better soon.

And, oh - you must share your poetry with us. What? No poetry? I don't believe it. Anyone who can string words together like this, is full of poetry. I know it because it keeps leaking out of you. Line by line, hidden among your seven words.

HKatz said...

Would rather stay home.
That's my natural inclination too! :) Takes me an effort to overcome it, and I don't always make that effort.

Feel better. Oh yes, feel better soon.
Thanks! I am feeling better by now.

I know it because it keeps leaking out of you. Line by line, hidden among your seven words.
Meantime, I let my love of words, metaphors, and writing express itself here in these weekly word groups :) I've written some poems in the past, but I primarily write fiction (and the fiction often takes on poetic elements...); at some point maybe, I'll feel ready to share some of that here too? We'll see where it goes... Thank you for wanting to read what I write.

HKatz said...

How lucky you are with your administrators. Here they're either 12-years-old and know nothing or catatonic!

They're not always great here too. You never know how it will be until you actually need their help; hopefully you luck out then. But I'm sorry to hear they're so consistently bad on your side of the pond.