When I’m journaling, I often write the word “spirit.” But many times my quick scribbling produces “sprit” instead, and automatically I go back and pen over it to correct it. The other day, after having done this several times in one sitting, I stopped my train of thought and truly noticed what my pen seemed to want on the page. And I was delighted. So many words and images popped into my head as I looked at the phrase “filling her life with sprit”:
- spree (whee! How fun!)
- spit (a bit of vinegar, sassy and full of life)
- grit (as in being rubbed and polished by life’s girt—I mean grit)
- something quick and dashy, like a flash of light (big sparkles?)
- the sound of a magic wand as it touches something to transform it–wooah, I actually typed magic “want” at first—equally cool! (as in “let’s change this pumpkin into a beautiful carriage—SPRIT!” with sparkles all around)
And sprit is definitely what I want more of in my life (and yes, it really ought to be in italics)!
It’s not uncommon for a combo word like this (a portmanteau for you English majors) to pop out and amuse me when I am typing or speaking enthusiastically. A recent appearance is interlap, expressing what all our lives do: intersect, interconnect, overlap and interweave with each other. I think this may be happening to me more often, both in speaking and now in writing, too.
I choose to believe this is NOT incipient dementia (or simply sloppy penmanship), but rather Messages from a Higher (more jovial) Place: home of sprites, angels, witches, sages, talking trees, dragons, fairy godmothers with wands who understand wants, and every healthy archetypal energy known to humans and animals.
What fun words have visited you lately? Do tell.