Saturday, March 25, 2006

Word Games

I love words. Even when I’m not writing, I’m surrounded by wonderful, stimulating words. I find humor and pathos in the conversations that fly around me. For instance, one of my little kinder Romeos tried to plant a big wet one on another kidlett. His classmates met him with the rule, “No kissing in Kindergarten!” Don’t you just love that?

Oh, and my class now has a favorite new word: Hallelujah! I kid you not. One Friday when I was longing for Saturday a student asked, “What is today?” I answered, “It’s Friday, Hallelujah!” The word spread throughout the room and I heard Hallelujahs echoing over and over, and smiled at the personal revival they inspired. About a week ago, while writing the Morning Message, I added the word after writing “Today is Friday.” All this week the class asked me to put the word Hallelujah into the Morning Message. I get so excited hearing them praise God—even if they don’t know that’s what they are doing.

After school last Wednesday, I got into a discussion with a friend about favorite movie lines. Her favorite? “Toe pick.” Took me a minute, but I remembered the movie. My own personal fav only illustrates my very warped sense of humor. “Nailed’m.” My hubby’s favorite line is “It’s a good thing your mother died in childbirth ‘caused she’d have died of embarrassment by now.”—that one may not be perfect, as I didn’t go double check the DVD.

I won’t tell you the names of the movies here but will add the answers in the comments tomorrow. Promise. In the meantime, I’d love to know your favorite lines and what makes them your favs. You can comment on your favorite quote, kid wisdom, or even most clever book title—I’ll give you my favorite on that one. James Howe has written a great series of books for kids all about the hare-raising (correct spelling) adventures of a vampire rabbit named Bunnicula. One of the sequels is titled The Celery Stalks At Midnight. Man, I love that title! I know, I know, I’m still a Three Stooges fan after all these years, too.

So, I’ve shown you my words (or ones I wish I’d thought of). Now you show me yours.

And may the words of my mouth (and fingers) bless my Abba, bring encouragement to others, and a smile to all.

Abundant blessings!


Unknown said...

Okay, I know the answer to the first two movies--Cutting Edge (it was on the other night) and one of the Lethal Weapons--and not the third, but I like it. Wow, it's amazing that I ever get movie questions right.

My kids have provided me with lots of fun words but the latest came from my son who wanted an ice cream cone yesterday "banilla and chocolate all squirreled together." :)

Anonymous said...

Favorite movie line? This is one that often springs up in the middle of conversations with my grown children: "We was...a toad!" And it has to be delivered with the same passion used in the movie, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

To pick up on Jennifer's kidlet lines, when my then four-year-old son found a library book that had been missing for literally (and literarily) months, he bounded down the stairs shouting, "Hal-le-lu-lah! Hal-le-lu-lah!" His mispronunciation made it all the more precious. I'm sure the Lord understood.

Chaos-Jamie said...

I'm a big fan of the line "I will evicerate you in fiction. Every flaw, every pimple!"

And my baby girl calls her belly button her "tummy bell." I love it!

Jenny said...

I promised to give you all the names of the movies where I swiped the one-liners and I'm here to keep my word:-)
Jen actually got two of the three (great job, Jen!)--The Cutting Edge and Lethal Weapn Two. The line Cynthia picked also came from the same movie as the third quote (my hubby's fav)--Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Gotta say thanks to Jen, Cynthia and Jamie for playing!

Now that my kids are grown and out of the house, I remember more fondly the cute little things that came out of their mouths (and blank much quicker on the other stuff). With four kids, you can be sure there were lots of goodies--Meg actually still can come up with the best lines. But I don't think she was trying to be funny the day she gave me one of my personal favs.

I had a teaching job at the same school where my kids went so often we would just walk to school together. One morning I had a book with me I wanted to use with a fifth grade boy I planned to tutor after school. Meg, all of seven years old and in second grade, noticed my book on Thomas Jefferson. "We're studing about Thomas Jefferson, too, Mom."

"You are?"

"Yep, and Benjamin Franklin and the Righteous Brothers."

I bit my toungue until I could ask with a straight face, "You mean the Wright Brothers?"

"Oh yeah."

I found her teacher and, as I was sharing, the principal walked in and heard. Before the end of the day it was all over the school and Miss Meggie was not pleased. But I will always remember learning about the famous inventors The Righteous Brothers.

Abundant blessings!

Anonymous said...

My favortie movie quote came from The Lion King. When Simba was on the run and Mufasa appeared to him and said, "REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE". That's just what my daddy, the King says to me every now and then too!