Spring Cleaning

With a delightfully flamboyant stroke, the artist added a tail feather to the rooster she was painting.  Everyone watching the demonstration let out a happy, “ahhh”.  The artist added another feather in just the same manner, instantly said “no”, and painted it right back out.  She made a comment about having too much of a good thing.

I told the friend I was sitting by that it would be like using the same wonderful word over and over again in a paragraph.

Sometimes I write when I’m tired, and when I read my thoughts the following day I’m shocked at such elementary word repetition.  If I’m really exhausted, I can really get really pathetic.

So today, I’m encouraging all of us to be a bit more witty with our words.  Aspire to use new adjectives.  Don’t get caught in the doldrums of a boring vocabulary.  And if you’re someone who lets out the same old four letter word every time you stub your toe, please come up with something refreshingly peculiar or unpredictable to say.  I believe we’re all rather weary of such lazy attempts at self expression.

Okay! Get to work.  It’s time for some verbal spring cleaning.


4 Responses to “Spring Cleaning”

  1. Jackie (Rankin) Barnett says:

    Oh, so true! I will work on that… I’d love to see the rest of that painting. What beautiful feathers! I love those colors.

  2. Sandy says:

    Actually, this is just a close-up I snapped of a rooster painting I keep with my old trunk of gardening supplies. It’s not the lovely painting I had the pleasure of watching go on the canvas!

    If you’d like to see the artist’s work, please visit http://www.shirleydemaio.com/

  3. Cheryl says:

    This is why I love reading your words…always amazing me with fresh words and often a new perspective. Sorry…you must tire of reading my comments that so often (I almost said “always” again!) sound the same. At least I don’t have a problem with that stubbed toe scenario! HAHA.

  4. Sandy says:

    Thank you, Cheryl. I’m always delighted to see that you’ve left me a comment! ALWAYS!

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