Updated: Mar 15, 2020
Hi and happy Friday! My week was packed with extra appointments and extra volunteer shifts on top of my usual activities. I’m thankful I was able to take care of all those commitments, and I appreciate you patiently waiting for the lexicon-building portion of the blog. Finally, to carry you into what I hope is a great weekend, I bring you a Belated Wordy Wednesday.
I spent part of my morning in a doctor’s waiting room. In this setting, having a book with me increases my patience so much so that I feel grateful for the break in my day to read for fun. Besides that, the content distracts me from unpleasant things like being weighed (ugh) or getting blood drawn (ew).
Today I had Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord in my bag. The novel begins, “A rival of mine once complained that my stories begin awkwardly and end untidily. I am willing to admit to many faults, but I will not burden my conscience with that one. All my tales are true, drawn from life, and a life story is not a tidy thing” (1). With these words the narrator proved immediately likeable. I also felt fairly warned when I found the introduction to be a bit clunky. As long as I was waiting for the nurse to call my name, I continued reading, and once I got oriented to the characters the story captivated me.
If you’ve read Kafka’s Metamorphosis, you may think you’ve met your books-with-talking-insects quota. Well, I suggest you reconsider. Karen Lord weaves talking insects (and arachnids) into the story in a way that is both deft and comical. The first talking, crawling character we see is a spider who converses with two men at a pub. Lord writes, “I know your complaint already. You are saying, how do two grown men begin to see talking spiders after only three glasses of spice spirit? My answer to that is twofold. First, you have no idea how strong spice spirit is made in that region. Second, you have no idea how talking animals operate. Do you think they would have survived long if they regularly made themselves known? [...] These creatures do not truly talk, nor are they truly animals” (14). Already I could tell I was holding just the book I needed for this long tiresome week: a well-told story that provokes laughter.
Today’s words come from Redemption in Indigo and the definitions are from the New Oxford American Dictionary. Enjoy!
“Ansige was not an epicure, but a gourmand” (6).
Definition: Noun, a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much
I enjoy tasty food, but I’m no gourmand; the sense of being stuffed with food feels detestable to me.
“With his gluttony, he drew in other sins—arrogance complicated by indolent stupidity, lust for comfort, ire when thwarted, avarice in all his business dealings, and a strange conviction that always, somehow, there was some undeserving person who had more food than he did” (6).
Definition: Noun, extreme greed for wealth or material gain
The burden of student loan debt fills me with avarice.
“The household of Ansige had many such multiskilled persons—a side effect of Ansige’s curious mingling of parsimony and ostentatiousness” (7).
Definition: Noun, extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources
I find when I use a budget it motivates me to be parsimonious with my earnings, so that I save money more than I spend.