“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” – Yehuda Berg
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.
At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.
My words are:
velvet ~ ham ~ spanked ~ batman ~ owl
They were submitted by: http://dinoheromommy.com/
I’ve carried these words around with me all week hoping inspiration would strike. Well, strike it did. In the form of one man-child.
Yep, man-child strikes again. In the car.
man-child: “I know what I want to be for Halloween.”
me: “Halloween? You know it’s not for like…8 months right?”
me: “Well it seems a bit early to be planning Halloween, just sayin’.”
man-child: “Yeah well…do you want to know what I decided to be for Halloween?”
man-child: “Ask me?”
me: “Ask you what?”
man-child: ” Ask me what I want to be for Halloween!”
me: “What do you want to be for Halloween?”
man-child: “I’m not telling you, you have to guess!“
me: “I don’t feel like playing the guessing game.”
me (thinking): wait! I think I have a way to work my words into a blog post about this conversation! I’m brilliant! Yay me! Whew, such a relief!
me: “okay okay, I’ll guess.”
me (thinking) you have no idea kid!
me: “A pig? Cause you know, you’re such a ham?”
man-child: “A ham? Mom (shaking his head), if I was a pig, I’d totally be bacon. But NO! Wrong guess. Guess again!”
me: “hmmmm. Let me think.”
me: “A red velvet cupcake?”
man-child: “What?! Mom! These are terrible guesses. Are you even trying?!”
me (thinking): if you only knew…
me: “What do you mean? That was an excellent guess!”
man-child: “A cupcake mom?!?! Why are you being weird, guess for serious! A cupcake… I mean, come on!”
me: “Desperate measures kid! Desperate measures!”
man-child shaking his head.
me: “Ok. Ummm. Let me think. Okay! I got one!”
man-child: waiting patiently
me: “a sad Carolina Panther fan after getting spanked by the Denver Broncos?”
man-child: “Mom!” (face palm) “Do you even know me!? Just forget it. BATMAN! I’m going to be BATMAN!”
Confession: now I was pretty sure he was going to say Batman. The movie is coming out very soon and the whole Batman vs Superman debate is a regular feature in our house. If he hadn’t said batman, that would have sucked, but I’m sure I could have worked it in a conversation somehow. I’m pretty impressed with myself, working these words into our conversation. I’d pat myself on the back, but I’d probably throw my back out. Of course now I just have one word left…
man-child: “Oh, I have jokes. Wanna hear them?”
man-child: “What do you get when a dinosaur fights with a pig?”
me: “I have no idea.”
man-child: “Jurassic Pork!”
man-child laughs hysterically at his own joke, which is actually funnier than the joke itself.
man-child: “What do you get when you play tug-o-war with a pig?”
me: “No clue?”
man-child: “A pulled pork!”
man-child: wipes tears from his eyes
man-child: “ok, one more. Ready?”
me: “Go for it!”
man-child: “What do you call a magic owl?”
I almost wrecked the car when he said my final word! We need to take this show on the road! I’m laughing before I even know the punchline which makes him laugh harder so he can barely tell me. I love this kid so much!
man-child: “A Hoo-dini!”
May you be as excited for your weekend as this precious pup!
“Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” Plautus
Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts: