Friday, July 18, 2008

COMIN' ALONG...in word and seed!

My hanging basket is thriving--getting more abundant with every ray of sunshine and frequent summer showers.
I'm "eager" to one day sneak up on some "buds" that will be announcing future color...for a view of how far they've come, go here: http://skirkman.blogspot.com/2008/07/simple-womans-daybook.html



As I watch I'm "more eager"...not anxious, mind you...."eager" to see what color God is going to give me in each petal that He brings forth later this month.

Have you ever noticed people on television and/or in conversations saying things like, "I'm so anxious, I can't wait!"...huh??? Language Arts was one of my best and favorite classes. Were your teachers like mine? Did they teach you that words actually do have meaning and we each should know how and when to use APPROPRIATE words. So,

"Welcome to this addition of LAOnline 101, My names is Ms. Skoot and I would like to clarify the differences between two words that are COMMONLY flipped. By the end of this class, I am eager for you to be anxious no more in your proper use of each word..."

"As mentioned in previous posts, dictionaries are wonderful reference tools and help us clarify pronunciations, spelling, word forms and definitions. The definitions are usually followed by synonyms (words having same or nearly same meaning) for even further clarification. I successfully found anxious and eager at dictionary.com since I started with a "general knowledge" of how to spell them--aren't you glad I saved you this step in our lesson today?"

Assignment 1: Read the definitions and synonyms below; note: jot found information in your notebook if these words are a struggle for you to remember, there may be a quiz.

anx·ious [angk-shuhs]–adjective full of mental distress or uneasiness/fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous: Her parents were anxious about her poor health. Synonyms: disturbed, fearful, uneasy

ea·ger [ee-ger] adjective keen/ardent, passionate in desire or feeling; impatiently longing.
Synonyms: enthusiastic, desirous
Assignment 2: Describe how "mental distress/uneasiness" compared to "keen/passionate in desire" are the same. (take a sip of water as you ponder--this assignment may cause you some stress) Have you discovered this ...THEY ARE NOT THE SAME : )


"Congratulations! You have passed your LAOnline 101 "Magna Cum Laude", for you have achieved grades above the average , so you get a tassel!

Now... take your knowledge into the world--represent us here at LAOnline 101 proudly as you PROCLAIM and HENCE FORTH FROM THIS DAY FORWARD use the words "eager and anxious" correctly.


The bell just rang, you're dismissed for today...but come again, soon, ok?
(Sniff, sniff, wipe, wipe) I'm so proud of you!!!"

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.

7 comments:

Paula (SweetPea) said...

That is funny. I'm eager to see if this lesson will stay with me. I admit I wrongly use the word anxious. I need to consciously make an effort to begin to use the word eager because God does tell us to NOT be anxious for anything. However, we can be eager for things, which is not bad like anxiousness which can cause anxiety.
I am eager to see my neices.
I am eager to go to the pool.
I am eager to see Beth Moore in two weeks.
I am eager to lose weight.
I am eager to...

Thanks so much.
Eager Beaver

skoots1mom said...

A++ and a :) for you!!
you've got it, girl.
SK

Robin Lambright said...

Homework makes me anxious!

Dude it's summer, like no homework, fer sure!

OOOOOOmyyyyyyyGoooooosssshhhhhhh!
Whateeeeeeveeer!

I'm channeling my inner teenager!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

OK...apparently I'm a complete flunky with the English language. Even now as I am eager to respond, I'm anxious about passing the test.

Seriously, I'll probably keep getting it wrong, but God's grace covereth...simply covereth. May his eager replace my anxious this night.

peace~elaine

Why 2nd Cup of Coffee? said...

You left a good word for me on my post today. Thanks.

Mary said...

Last week, I was on a roller coaster of emotions but so thankful that my brother's MRI did not show cancer.
This week my brother is back at work and my sister-in-law is in Newfoundland. :)

Now, about anxious and eager. Well, I guess I fail the test, too. I have used anxious both ways.
Sure gives me something to think about!

mary

Mary said...

I LOVE that song, "Does Jesus Care"
Thanks for posting all of the words!

And, yes, you are right!
God is good all the time

mary