One Sunflower


on July 20, 2010

I have a little leather-bound pad of paper that I keep words in – I love words.  I love reading about their etymology and all the definitions.

I heard an interview with author Laura Hillenbrand and she used words full of sensory detail and not common in dialogue.  She was describing the stride of the horse, Zenyatta, as one that “just swallows the ground.” I love it!

Back to my little book.  I found this word a few years ago: Rubato. It is a musical term describing a kind of tempo in music: “characteristic of the Romantic period.  It is a style where the strict tempo is temporarily abandoned for a more emotional tone.”

Summer is in rubato time for me – but I sort of hope I can keep this kind of tempo in September too.

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5 responses to “Rubato

  1. i love the image of a rubato summer!! but your post also reminds me of some students i had last year who loved to make up words (i started calling the made-up words “frindles” after the andrew clements’ short novel)…their frindles were usually combining various vocabulary words into a new word; they would use the word in their speech and soon most of the class began using the words! it was crazy. i had to forbid them to use the frindles in their writing, though, because i was terrified they would try it on the state writing test!! if i can find my teacher journal with the list of frindles, i’ll send them to you if you like…

    stephanie mccabe

  2. Tara says:

    I love that word – “rubato” – it encapsulates summer perfectly!

  3. Juliann says:

    I have a little book for keeping words and quotes too. This is a great word. I remember reading an article about letting go of the clock in our classrooms. Hard to do but worth the effort.

  4. Stacey says:

    Rubato — what a wonderful word.

    It’s incredible to find one word that sums up an entire feeling.

  5. caroline524 says:

    I love the way the word instantly creates images in my head.

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