Fistful of words

19 thoughts on “Fistful of words”

  1. Andrea you speak to my heart. I volunteer at the Hort Gardens and loved thinking of your kids flitting about calling out greens, you writing on your hand. Another great post.

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    1. I would have never thought to do it except that I had seen something online about it – a trend of writers writing lines on their hands or something? When my paper ran out I was glad I had seen that.

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  2. What an entertaining, informative, lovely piece of writing. I’m decorating new bathrooms right now–in which green is a major player–in one, green as it applies to the sea. Coming to mind are two more colors for you. One is sea glass green–which really, I think, is the color of old coke bottles; and the other is that green you see shining through a breaking wave below the foam line. I guess we should call it wave green, indeed different from sea green–by the width of a blue whale!

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    1. LOVE sea glass green! Which I would say is slightly different from coke-bottle green (frosted vs. clear), so I’m adding both to my book. And I love the wave-break green you’re talking about – beautifully evocative. Thank you! Sea foam would be another one, wouldn’t it? I think of that as being kind of a creamy minty green.

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    1. I know! I realized that when I googled “celadon” and saw a wedding party with celadon birdes maids’ dresses. As soon as I saw them I realized why the word sounded so familiar 🙂

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  3. I liked this entry. It’s good to see someone encouraging their children to not only see green, but “Troll Skin.” That way of looking at the world will come in handy to them down the line.

    And there’s always celery green, if you’re looking to describe something of that particular hue.

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    1. Yes! I just added celery. Thank you for that. And I agree about vocabulary for our kids, both teaching them to value it and learning from them when they pull out “troll skin” or “ravioli lichen.” They provide great material, and since they’re not interested in using it themselves (neither cares about writing… Yet), I’ll use their words til they want them back.

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  4. I absolutely loved this post. I am having some trouble expressing why other than to say I was able to visualize the whole situation unfolding and the humour that lies within.

    We have all, in the past, written on our hands to remember information; Whether it be a phone number or a list of items to grab at the store. But, I think it may have become a dying art now that everyone has smartphones at the ready.

    It made me wonder when was the last time I wrote on my hand, or even a napkin for that matter. That is the beauty of your piece. Not only did it paint a picture I enjoyed looking at but allowed my mind to wander as well, while staying perfectly on point. Oh, and one more…hunter green 🙂
    Love, equanimity, peace.
    TimurZ

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    1. How could I forget hunter green? Thank you Timur. And yes, I can’t remember the last time I wrote on a napkin either – thanks for the reminder for those emergency situations (watching a couple in a cafe…)

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