The word: Meaningful
Mike and his wife own a Montessori school in Boise, and when I asked Mike for a word, he gave me one-half of his family’s philosophy for all activities: that they be meaningful and that they be fun.
The Stranger: Mike
His word: Meaningful
The poem I wrote:
1+3=4. One child plus three
turtles equals a mismatch of four
new friends. Meaningful, not just
numbers. Life-shapes make life-
symbols: a rainstorm costs nothing
but you can measure an umbrella
in ¢ or $ or inches across or hues
of the color blue. Discipline
is an ice-tray and each once-watery
person solidifies into a cube of
their own making, one who knows
that CHILD has an L for love, C
for canoe, D for Daddy-o, H like a ladder,
and I that is not a 1, but so alike that
you might dream them together
into parallel lines.
The Challenge: Do you have a poem in you on this word? Write one here.