April: learnings

At the end of each month, Emily P. Freeman, of Chatting at the Sky, invites bloggers to share what they learned in that month. I’ve never jumped in before, but here it is, April 30, me wondering what to write. And Emily has given me a topic, which, if not deep, is sufficiently wide.

1. Today I learned the word “incitation.” A student emailed me about the placement of the “incitation:” before or after the period? And, while I of course realized that he meant “in-text citation,” I learned that “incitation” is the noun-form of “incite” and means “an act of inciting,” “stimulation,” “provocation,” “instigation.”

2. Earlier this month I learned that A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a book I like. I’d never read it, until this month, but when I began reading it, I finished it within four days. It resonates and satisfies.

blue bottles

3. Last week I learned that sometimes, when you want to take a picture of a luna moth, blue bottles actually make a better picture.

4. A few days ago I learned how, when you are drowsing and listening to early-morning rain, the sound of early-morning hail can take you immediately from drowsing to wide-awake and on-your-feet.

5. Over the past few weeks I’ve learned that H A S H, a blog which officially launches tomorrow, (and to which I have the privilege of contributing), not only sounds exciting — if you like that sort of thing — but also looks exciting. Go and look!

6. Last weekend I learned that one friend made a beautiful bride, and another friend has a pleasant fiancé, and I remembered that old friends are good to see and old times are good to remember.

7. Sometime in the month, I learned that season 3 of Call the Midwife is showing now, and began watching it, and was glad.

8. Yesterday I re-learned that letter-writing can provide a sort of company when you’re feeling lonely.

9. Two weeks ago I learned what it’s like when they have trouble getting blood out of your arm and end up sticking your hand and your other arm, too: not fun.

10. All along the way I’ve been learning and re-learning how much love goes into living, even in the most ordinary things; guessing at how many times I’ve benefited from love without even being aware; realizing that, as the God who made me in His image loves me, so He has designed me to love.

11. And, just now, I’m learning that lists of things learned are hard to end, because they never can be exhaustive, and, even if they could be, I doubt I’ll know all that I’ve really learned this month until much later.

 

©2014 by Stacy Nott

10 thoughts on “April: learnings

  1. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorite books. Being born and raised in that AMAZING city, it resonated with me on many levels. But I still like to think that tree grew in my grandmothers backyard!
    Stopping by from Chatting at the Sky. Have a great day!

    • I’ve never been to Brooklyn — or NYC, for that matter — I loved the window into a different time and place; but I also loved the way it showed just the people-ness of people across times and places.

  2. I happened to share your learning about unsuccessful attempts having blood drawn this month. Nasty business! I’m sorry we had to experience it.

  3. Lindsey says:

    Thanks for the compliment! I was so glad to see you at the wedding. Means a lot to have friends there.

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