It’ has been almost a month since I responded to a Word Press weekly photo challenge. I’ve been doing the photo challenges off and on since Mary from Wilderness of Words introduced me to them. Thank you, Mary.
The photo challenges have me connected with a different way of sharing how I make the days count, every day. This week’s challenge is connected. The verb “connect” is among the most versatile ones in contemporary usage. We turn to it to describe an emotional click with another person, but also to talk about the status of our (ever-proliferating) gadgets. The word has it’s origins in Latin
con + nectre
which in Latin translates ‘to bind with’ using the word formula
con means with and nectre means to bind,
word meaning = suffix meaning + root meaning + prefix meaning
Once upon a time, I taught English Language Arts and we studied word parts and word part meanings. When I was younger, much younger, studying word parts helped me unlock word meanings and in turn opened up a new way understanding. It connected me to meaning. When I taught word parts to my students, I could see the same thing happening to them as understanding word parts led to deeper word meaning and connection. I still pay attention to word parts, but not like I did when I was in the thick of teaching them.
Our town has a weekly farm market; they call it a French Market, because the market stalls resemble the type of street markets in France. I’ve seen in the Parisian neighborhoods and I remember them from our last trip to France and Nice in ‘97. Metal frames support a fiberglass roof. Workers set up the market stalls late Friday night and the vendors set up early Saturday morning. The French market comes to town beginning with the last Saturday in April and it lasts until the last Saturday in October. There is a vendor who’s been there as long as I’ve been going. Ari’s Flowers. They have the best flowers and assortment of roses and other flowers AND their flowers are inexpensive – $18 a dozen for roses – of any color. Pink, bright pink, pale pink, yellow, red, white, orange – I’ve even seen lavender and a pale green rose. Most times I get pink or yellow or a blend of colors, but never red. I learned a long time ago my wife didn’t like red roses. It’s my wife’s birthday next weekend. I got her flowers this week and I’ll get flowers next weekend – our home has been flower-less for a while since Mother’s Day and it was time.
This week’s photo challenge suggested setting up a mesh – a new way of sharing photos. I decided to give it a whirl. It’s fairly simple. I created an account, downloaded the app to my iPhone, and uploaded my photos. You can login with your Word Press account, so there is not another user name and password to remember – which seems to be the undoing of me lately. More on that subject another time.
The result is the slide show at the top and here. I double-dipped, for simplicity’s sake.
W’s team won their game yesterday. They played well, despite having a brand new quarterback behind center. It’s Sunday and there is church in the park this morning with a church picnic afterwards, later perhaps a bit of fun family time. Today’s is gonna be a great day. I know it and I can feel it. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one dozen roses are always a good a good idea – staying connected.
What kind of flowers do you prefer? Colors?
In this week’s challenge, share a photo, a gallery, or a mesh of what being connected means to you. You may choose to focus on one of the verb’s meanings or on several, and you can go literal or figurative, abstract or explicit: whatever you see fit. I can’t wait to see the photos you share!