V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #56: Language

“We need language to tell us who we are, how we feel, what we’re capable of – to explain the pains and glory of our existence.”

– Maya Angelou

“Do you not like the book you are reading?”

My granddaughter shrugs in response. Normally an avid reader, I wonder why she keeps setting this particular book aside.

“Would you like me to read with you?”

She shimmies closer to me and puts the book down. “Let’s read your book!”

The book I’m reading is adult, but covers the story of a young child, so I agree. We take turns reading pages. At seven, this child is already adept at reading.

“You know, if you don’t like a book, you don’t have to finish it,” I say later.

“It’s not that,” she says, barely looking up from her iPad. “It’s just too sad.”

Her comment takes me aback. The story in question is about a dog, and the family that adopts it. A cute book, I thought, and then I realize, it is hitting too close to home. Having just lost their foster dog to adoption, she is grieving, but doesn’t have the language to articulate it.

Language – being able to connect words to concepts – is essential to life process.

This week, let’s think about language. Notice the places where words flow confidently and those where words falter.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

This challenge is open to all, and is easy to complete. Just create a post on your own site and link back here. All forms of creativity are welcome. If you have any questions, drop a message below.

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