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Word of the Week - newel

When I was growing up, my parents did the best that they could with the jobs that they had and two kids to raise. When I look back now, I try and think what I would be doing right now if I had a family and a mortgage and all the expenses and responsibilities that go along with it. When my dad was my age (nearly 25), he had one kid (me) and one on the way (my brother). We always had everything we needed with my parents both working full time. I think back now to things they bought, enormous things, like my $5,000 piano when I was 5 years old. Do you know how much money that was in 1986?! As I've grown up, I've really learned to look back and appreciate all those things that, at the time, didn't seem like any big deal at all. We lived in a little house in North Syracuse, NY, with shag carpets, and a basement re-done so that I could have my own bedroom. It wasn't bad, or I didn't have any problem until I started hanging out with my friend Fabian. His parents owned a beautiful house in the most upscale neighborhood (or development as we called them in the 'Cuse) in the area. I remember the first time that I went to his house was for a Halloween party in the 2nd grade. (I dressed up as a mailman in my dad's uniform) I was just amazed...they had a spiral their house! They were the epitome of cool! Incidentally, this story all came about because the word of the week is newel, which is the center pole around which a spiral staircase...uhh...spirals. I digress......anyways, within a few years of hard work on the part of my parents, we eventually moved out of our little house and into one in the development across the street from Fabian and his parents. Good job mom and dad for that one! It's really strange to think about this stuff because it makes me feel like kind of a spoiled brat, but I guess it's more important to recognize these kinds of things as you get older and start functioning on your own.

Well...that wasn't much about linguistics, and I apologize for that, but it was a true story nonetheless...

Published Dec 16 2005, 02:45 PM by christophergreen
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