Monday, November 1, 2010

Sticks and Stones


Sticks and stones will break
my bones but names will
never hurt me. 
 ~ English Proverb

Sticks and stones may
break our bones,
but words will break
our hearts.

~ Robert Fulghum


I love words.

Words can

uplift

encourage

entertain

edify

electrify

comfort



{My son wrote this on his white board yesterday.}
They can just
as readily

tear down

discourage

hide

bore

hurt


Last week I primed
and painted a closet
wall* in our garage.....
With chalkboard paint.
A lovely canvas
for words.



Next came the
chalkboard paint.
Schoolhouse Green.

Then.....

I pondered all
of the possibilities.
Famous quotes?
Places we'd like 
to visit?
Bible verses?


The wall remained blank
as I tossed these ideas
around.



Inspiration
came to me on
on the weekend
as my family bantered
around one of our
favorite word games.

The OR game.

The only rules?
You cannot say
BOTH and you
cannot say NEITHER.


Lemon or lime?
Early bird or night owl?
Concert or baseball game?
Apple pie or pumpkin pie?
The questions are endless.
The answers, limited.

It sparks some
great discussions!

I started the wall
and my family soon
jumped in, as vision
struck.




It's still a work in progress.

Seeing these words
every day has made us
all smile.

The
power
of
words.

Use them with care.


PS:  Speaking of words,
Google's spell-check now
pops up with the British
pronunciations rather than
the American on my computer!
Guess it's decided to channel
my inner Jane Austen,
too!

*Thank you, Dad,
for building this
closet for us!!


Images:  
1, 4 flickr ~ click for attribution
7&8, google images
All others:  Privet and Holly

30 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning dear friend...November is here and our tea date is approaching! HEY! THEY CAME YESTERDAY TO TEAR DOWN THE TWO TREES BLOCKING THE EXCAVATION SITE! TODAY, is digging day! No rabbits around here today....and your post. Wow. I believe in words and their power. Teaching language now for 8 years has been an exciting adventure into my mind, the mind of my students, and the mind of great writers that have taught me a thing or two about being a wordsmith. What a responsibility it is to use these tools to build or destroy! What a lovely idea you have here....are you sure you are not a teacher? But again, having children forces you to be one!

ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF THESE GLORIOUS DAYS OF FALL! See you soon, too! Anita

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

What a great idea to have a whole wall of chalkboard (particularly for a writer and her family). I love the idea of having a chalkboard at the ready. I made a small one a couple of years ago for my summer bistro, so I have an almost full can of paint in the basement waiting for me to decide where to use it. A whole wall, ummmmmm....
Susan

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

Words Do Matter!!! If only all of us could realize how much! This is a great reminder.

Wonderful idea, and it is fun reading your "Or"'s.

You will probably have a few chuckles when you read something unexpected things that your kids and their friends will write on this chalkboard.
ENJOY!
Joyce

Julie said...

Oh you are so right Suzanne...and how wonderful to remind all of us out here of the power, yes POWER we possess to alter the day of another. I memorized the passage in the Bible from the book of James way way back as a teen, about the tongue. Truly we can set a fire with it, and we REALLY REALLY do need to bridle it. Those who have seen and worked with bridles understand the concept.
I want to be someone whose words LIFT UP! Thank you for the inspiration. I believe all issues of life come from within our hearts.
If I do a self inventory in that area every week, maybe....just maybe with God's help, I will not injure someone with that little tiny tongue in my mouth. Hugs to you bloggy sister. Your writings are so motivating and issues challenges. I LOVE THE WALL!!!!!

Lisa said...

You are awesome with those words and little pictures you drew for your fam. And what a great place for it! I love words everywhere too. I just painted a whole wall in my son's bedroom with chalkboard paint and he and his friends and siblings write on it every day. I'm so glad I did it! Hope you had a lovely, spooky, fun weekend Suzanne!

Low Tide High Style said...

I love it! I grew up with a chalkboard in our hallway. It held so many wonderful memories for me that it was the only thing I asked for from my parent's home. Of course I got more than just that chalkboard...but it's the most special of all the things I took and it now hangs in my hallway!

And I'm Gumby...but I love Pokey too!

Kat :)

hometown girl said...

Suzanne this is so fun! I love the idea of having it where everyone can enjoy it and participate! Have a wonderful week! Susan

Claudia said...

I love words, and I loved seeing 'SPARKS' in caps on your page. That's my husband's last name!

Your chalkboard wall is a fabulous idea.

xo
Claudia

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

You know what I love most?
That you chose to paint it schoolhouse green rather than the trendy black that everyone else is doing.

It's like a great big magnetic poetry board, almost!

My Grama's Soul said...

Good morning Suzanne....I really like this post today....I didn't really realize the value of words until quite late in my life. My family of origin did not allow for much individual expression....good for you that you are so wise!

Xo

Jo

Farmgirl Paints said...

It's awesome Suzanne! What a fun space and you know I love words girl:)

Vonda said...

I just did a Sunday School lesson about our words--I used a tube of toothpaste--I squeezed it out and then asked one of the children to try to put it back in the tube--too hard--you also cannot take back the words you choose to say--good lesson for me too!

I love your chalkboard!

Brenda Kula said...

I love this idea! I have always been enamored of words. As a child, I would read the dictionary and right down words I liked. We lived out in the country and there were rarely children around to play with. Then I majored in Journalism. And here I am. Still in love with words.
Brenda

Olive Cooper said...

Fun! We have a chalkboard wall in my daughter's romm. ♥O

Beach House Living said...

You are a most talented writer. I'm curious how the chalkboard will change in the future.

pretty pink tulips said...

Clever, clever project!!! This is a great game that I'd love to play with my boys. Saw a peek of Frosty or Rudolph. For the record....I'm all about reindeers! :)
xoxo E

Blooming Rose Musings said...

You are so right, words have such power. They can make or break a relationship. They can give confidence or insecurity. They can love and they can hurt. This is a wonderful post and an important reminder for all of us.
I love your chalkboard wall. That is a fabulous idea.
Just for the record...I'm in Rudolph's corner!
Absolutely Great Post!!!

Linda said...

This is so fun! And how nice that your dad built it for you! I hope it is a special place for communicating, for all of you!

Fearless Nester said...

Now that is the happiest wall I have seen in a long time! I love that GREEN chalk board paint, I've only seen it in black. You rock Suzanne! xo ~Lili

A Vintage Chic said...

I love words, too, Suzanne....I love all the thoughts you expressed...just perfect!

What a wonderful idea! What a fabulous memory you're creating for your family!

Happy first day of November to you, dear friend!

Julie

Rozmeen said...

Wow love the chalkboard wall. what a great idea...I just love to write my thoughts on a chalkboard...easy to rewrite and helps you remind things yu dont want to forget! Love it.

Hugs and wishing you a lovely week!

Rozmeen

Miss Sew & So said...

Dear lovely Suzanne...
i completely absolutely LOVE this...
i too, love words....love blackboards...love signage & typeset...& messages around the house....in our garden...in the bathroom....

& i am ging to *borrow* your family word game...it seems ages are irrelevant...and question endless....

we have many signs referring to our little family as MR.SEA...

Melissa Richard Sol Ella Audrey....the kids love it...

thanks to your dad for such a perfect wall!
melissa xox

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

That is great Suzanne!!!! I am ready to play the "or game" with the kids tonight! ;)

Stitchfork said...

What a great idea! I found myself saying my choices as I read through your post! lime, early bird, apple and definitely Rudolph!
Cathy

pollydove said...

I am with Anne ... I love that you chose to do it in green paint instead of the black chalkboard!

I have been contemplating doing this somewhere in my house too! I love your "words" IDEA! Such a fun thing for a family.

(And I have always wondered how it cleans up ... how does it clean up?) :)

Splendid Willow said...

Well, of course! You are so good with your words and your heartfelt thoughts. A poet lives in you Suzanne, I am already convinced.

How fun that the whole family got involved in the word game! And now everyone can look forward to nice, personal messages when they drive into the garage. A happy wall indeed!

Love to you, Mon

Rene said...

How Fun! I love playing games with my family and you have reminded me that it has been far too long since we have done this. Funny about your computer - definitely channeling Jane Austin :)

-Rene

Debby said...

I love chalkboard paint! What a fun idea for you and your family... you are a fun Mom!

p.s. I'm having a $50 Williams Sonoma gift card giveaway if you would like to join in! xo

traci said...

what a great idea!! i love it. and i love that you used the green chalkboard paint instead of black. awesome.

NicNacManiac said...

This is fabulous....think we gotta try the OR game as well as a chalkboard wall...you are SO inspiring....love it!!!