Words and their context and meaning swirl around in my head often as a result of being a reading teacher.
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about one word...little.
As an adjective, it is defined as small in size, amount or degree. And we can use it for just about anything:
You are too little to do this or that.
I have a little headache, backache, toothache, scratchy throat.
If only I had a little more time, money, space, room.
I wish I was just a little thinner, taller, bigger, faster.
You have a little hand, please reach deep down this drain, hole, burrow.
Just eat a little more.
Please sleep a little longer.
Those little personality quirks really annoy me.
It's just a little leak.
Needs a little more salt, pepper, spice, flavor.
Give me just a little kiss.
Stay a little longer.
It's just a little confusing when you hear Don't sweat the little things and It's the little things that count.
My kids are little and I am loving it. People tell me all the time to savor these moments, for they pass too quickly. Don't I know it.