Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

GAVE THINKS

by Stephanie Black

Surprisingly enough, our Halloween decorations are down—and it isn’t even December yet!—and our Thanksgiving decorations are up. It didn’t take long to decorate. We only have three Thanksgiving decorations.

1—Two wooden pilgrims, created during a long-ago Relief Society Homemaking extravaganza.

2—One turkey constructed out of a pinecone, lace and a mason jar lid, created by one of my children at some point in his or her elementary education.

3—One set of painted wooden blocks (from the same source as number 1) spelling out “GIVE THANKS.” A little painted wooden turkey completes the festive effect.

By far, the most popular decoration in the household is number 3. The blocks are really quite cute. I’m not very craftsy and I greatly admire people who are, so I’m proud that these blocks turned out so well. They look lovely on the piano--very appropriate and seasonal, encouraging us to give thanks for our blessings.

Or they would work that way, except that my family regards these blocks not as a Thanksgiving reminder or a decoration but as a word puzzle challenge. Anagram City. Each day I put the blocks back in order, and sooner or later, some jokester rearranges them to spell something like “THINK VEGAS”.

We do have fun with language around here, so I suppose it would be ludicrous to imagine that the blocks could remain in their correct festive order for any length of time. I’ve always been prone to making up words, and I come up with nonsensical nicknames for my children. My oldest daughter specializes in personalized faux-swearing. There's the“Bo” family of words used to vent frustration--Bo-heckin’. Bo-darnit. Bo-higgins (wasn’t he on the Dukes of Hazard?). Bo-hemian. Being familiar with the police radio codes, she's also been known to threaten a sibling numerically ("If you don't stop that this instant, it will be a 10-55"). And my husband plans to contribute a bad poem a week to my soon-to-be finished website. He's written three so far. Furthermore, I think the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest is a hoot.

I’ve got to go clean up the house now, but let me close by reminding you that this Thanksgiving season is a special time to SAVE KNIGHT. Or maybe AH VEG STINK.


6 Comments:

At 11/08/2006 3:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must have one Bo-dacious daughter! Sorry, just couldn't resist. I love those Bo-words. I have the feeling that some of them are about to find their way into my own vocabulary. :-)

Melanie Goldmund

 
At 11/08/2006 8:02 PM, Blogger FHL said...

You must be a fan of the Internet Anagram Server
http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/

These were my favorites:
Vase Knight
Shaking Vet
Get Knavish

Bo Diddly!

 
At 11/08/2006 10:25 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

There's a wordsmith.org that will scramble (or unscramble) anagrams?! Oh my, I may be up all night now!

That's what I love most about hanging out in this now-frogless bog -- I learn something new every single day!

 
At 11/09/2006 1:18 AM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

The internet is great for anagrams.

Bo-dacious and Bo-diddly! Two new ones! My daughter will be thrilled.

 
At 11/09/2006 12:14 PM, Blogger FHL said...

Who was the frog? (Never quite understood that part.)

 
At 11/09/2006 12:52 PM, Anonymous Anura Ranidae said...

My dear Kerry, you're not completely frogless!

 

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