The Rock Wall

Posted January 31, 2013 at 9:18 am

I guess if you want the rain, you have to put up with some wind – not that we have any choice in the matter. But we do want the rain.

We slept Sunday and Monday nights with the heat off and the bedroom window open. Very pleasant. Tuesday morning we woke to the sound of rain. I may have heard it raining for hours. I remember when my birddog, King, and I would crawl up in the barn loft on a rainy day and nestle down in the hay to listen to the rain on the tin roof. Dad said his and Mom’s first house had a tin roof…and a peg legged possum in the attic.

As Kimball and I were going to a late lunch on Tuesday, she wondered aloud how the city’s new detention pond was doing. So I drove down that way. Grindstone Branch was running bank full at Fields Blvd. just east of Park. We drove into the trailer court and could see that the detention pond was maybe a third full. We drove down by the shirt factory and saw that the entrance to the tunnel was less than half full. Good job.

– A friend sent me an e-mail about an amazing two letter word:

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word and that word is “UP.” It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the Political officers UP for election and why is it UP to the Secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about 30 definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now. . .my time is UP! Did any of this crack you UP?

Don’t screw UP. Send this on to everyone you look UP in your address book. . .or not. . .it’s UP to you.

Now I’ll shut UP! KL