I’m joining #FiveMinuteFriday over at Kate Motaung’s place. The word prompt is HAPPY. Below is five minutes of free flowing writing. The forward slashes indicate where the timer started and ended. Go!
//I curl up on the couch with my son and a book about a migrant farmworker turned astronaut. I’m honored to bring him stories of struggle and triumph. He listens intently, draws questions, laughs at the change in my voice when I read the dialogue.
I pronounce the ñ’s with a soothing tongue. My r’s roll off the cliffs of my lips. I accentuate the í’s with conviction.
The baby begins to kick and move and bounce in utero. She’s excited to listen to mama read to her brother. The words are for her as well. She moves in anticipation when I turn the page.
My son plugs his nose into my belly and asks if she likes the book. Asks her if she can hear him. Asks if she likes the book too.
These are the moments that make me happy. Happy to me a mama. Happy to share words and sentences with my children. Language is at it’s finest with fricatives, labiodentals, nasals, and diphthongs (phonetics)*. Sounds come together to make a treasure in our mouths and a beauty in our soul.
I wonder what God was thinking when he made language.// Did he roll his r’s and pronounce his ñ’s? Did he intend language to be the fierce communication of the warrior? Did he expect to always find himself in between the pictures that were language before we made letters?
Words – tiny miracles inside our bodies, inside our mouths, inside our souls, tiny maps of our journeys.
Here are some great articles I found this week:
- Why Major In Linguistics?
- *The International Phonetic Alphabet
- This Is What Happens When You Read To A Child
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