Shelby is visiting this week and in keeping of our theme of the 7 Deadly Sins, we decided to play a game of poker (yesterday was Greed). Having no coins to use, I developed a new betting system. We bet the use of a word for a day (no articles though). So, I would start with a word like "nail" and the bets grew from that. We thought we were being so clever.
Until losing happened. She lost the use of the word damn (which she uses constantly — what was she thinking betting that?). I lost words I had no idea how important they were until they were gone. I think parting with money would be easier. And today, I can't even write those words. If we do use them, a Euro charge is applied.
But it really makes you think about what is important in expressing yourself. Not just that, but the words that define what we do throughout the day. Imagine if I had bet the word "book" or "due". What word could you not live without? While playing, I considered each bet made. I lost the color of the morning sky, an exuberant expression, a few nouns and one word that I doubt I'll make it without. Gambling away language . . . losing communication . . . very tricky business . . . and I am certain Shelby will think twice before she bluffs again.
Luckily I didn't lose the word happy. So now I can say, "Happy Birthday Dad", enjoy the day, the warmth and the full use of your language. And since today is Envy, I must say I'm jealous of anyone who gets to spend the day with you.