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The Gift of Language

Today I was able to spend a lot of time writing. (Over 8.000 words so far for NaNoWriMo!)  I had so much fun!

This month as we celebrate Thanksgiving, we stop and think about what we are thankful for.  I have been blessed so much, and just one of the things I am grateful for is language.  I love looking up words and finding out where they came from, their root meanings, and the nuances and history they reveal.
Once when looking at my great-great grandmother’s name on a census, I noticed that it said she couldn’t read or write (English that is.  She might have been able to read and write Gaelic, but I don’t know for sure.)  It really struck me.  I can’t even imagine how empty my life would be if I couldn’t pick up a book and read.  I love stories, and my life has been uplifted, inspired, and enriched so many times through the writings of someone who took the time and effort to record their stories.
I am thankful for my computer which allows me to write so much faster than I would be able to on paper.  I am thankful to be able to record my stories and to be able to pass them on to my children and hopefully to others as well.

I am thankful for words, for the beautiful gift of language, for the meanings and history and richness of words from many languages.  I love words.

Language.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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4 thoughts on “The Gift of Language”

  1. Language is indeed a gift. Language carries us to places in the world that we may never visit, helps us reach for experiences that we might not else have, moves us emotionally,raises us in our efforts to attain more knowledge and wisdom, and purely,if not anything else, allows our imaginations to grow. I too, am thankful for the gift of being able to read and write… and for good books.

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