Sunday, February 27, 2011

Week in Seven Words #56

bidirectional
There is a link between the ability to remember the past and the ability to imagine the future. People who struggle to recall their past with any clarity or detail also tend to have difficulty envisioning fleshed out future scenarios.

coating
Fresh snow in a garbage can conceals all waste.

perfunctory
His eyes dart to the clock or stare past my shoulder at the wall; you're done existing for me now, they seem to say.

reassertion
Raw knuckles and the dust of snow on rooftops. It's cold again.

silliness
At dinner after a long day the conversation is full of welcome nonsense.

spotless
Seven years ago, at age 53, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He's physically fit, still jogs on familiar paths around his home, his cheeks flushed and his complexion healthy. You need to keep moving, he says, or else you die. There are many things he can't do anymore without guidance and supervision, like making a cup of tea or even setting the table for dinner, but his wife keeps pushing him to do as much as he can for himself - she says she's not going to let him go so quickly. He pauses at the dining room wall, thinks a photo of his son is himself at that age. His wife corrects him. Outside, resting after his run, he says you have to keep going and not think about the future. He can't think about the past either. Lost and optimistic, he jogs on clean beautiful paths in the countryside.

synaptic
I prepare several topics to cover and questions to ask, but there's only so much you can plan when teaching. When it goes well, when you and the students are alive to each other and interested in the discussion, fresh connections form between facts that seemed unrelated, new ideas emerge to be refined or torn down, and everyone sings a little with a spark of inspiration.

10 comments:

patteran said...

bidirectional
So very true. However, those who travel on that continuum between past and future will have the shadow of the past falling though the present and into the future.

synaptic
So very true again. And the teacher is in there learning with the students. I used to enjoy that happening.

m. heart said...

Oh dear, are there support groups for the bidirectional? I think I may be.

naida said...

'perfunctory'-dont you hate that? lol

I can almost see 'spotless' becoming a story....

great week in words as always.

Claire said...

You had me at bidirectional. I see my past and future in vivid bursts, poignant moments in silver mist. I wonder what that says about me?

Lovely words this week. Thank you so much for letting me use this format when the inspiration strikes me, I really appreciate it.

Lucy said...

I like how 'bidirectional' and 'spotless' go together...

Relyn said...

"Spotless" is the most hopeful picture I have ever read of Alzheimer's.

John Hayes said...

Spotless, bidirectional & synaptic are all profound. I like how the other four words weave around the core of these three.

HKatz said...

"Spotless" is the most hopeful picture I have ever read of Alzheimer's.
I liked reading this - yes, in that tragic situation there was a kind of hopefulness, as best as could be managed in the circumstances.

Spotless, bidirectional & synaptic are all profound.
Thank you - these are things I've given a lot of thought to.

I like how 'bidirectional' and 'spotless' go together...
I like how you saw that connection.

I see my past and future in vivid bursts, poignant moments in silver mist. I wonder what that says about me?
That you're an artist and a dreamer.

Thank you so much for letting me use this format when the inspiration strikes me, I really appreciate it.
I'm happy it inspires you (and thanks for always linking back)

I can almost see 'spotless' becoming a story....
It does have the feeling of one, you're right.

Oh dear, are there support groups for the bidirectional? I think I may be.
It's a very human condition, bidirectionality. The support you'd need for it are the usual human things - people you love, things you love doing.

So very true again. And the teacher is in there learning with the students.
Yes exactly. You and the students are growing, thinking, it's wonderful.

Thank you all for stopping by; I love reading your thoughtful comments.

Crafty Green Poet said...

excellent list as ever, synaptic is so true, I've found that when teaching the most unexpected things can come up, yet everything is linked

HKatz said...

that when teaching the most unexpected things can come up, yet everything is linked
That's a great way of putting it :) Thanks for sharing this thought.