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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


After looking up the word busy in the book of definitions, it seems to me that this word would describe what I have been up to for the last few days. The first meaning of busy was – actively and attentively engaged, especially in work. This would also depend on the meaning one would have of the word ‘work’ – but it felt like work to me, especially the several hours of pro bono telephone maintenance at a local church on Monday evening.

The second meaning is – not at leisure or otherwise engaged. When a person is too busy to write an email or post a blog, they are just too busy. The third meaning also describes my life of late – full of activity. These are not all strenuous tasks, just needful things – babysitting would have to be considered under the umbrella of these needful things.

The fourth meaning describes a telephone line in use. On the telephone line Monday my very dire financial situation was brought to the attention of our health insurance company and on Tuesday a call from them delivered us from a mistaken billing for this year and all of next – could have gone either way, with the consequences going deep into our family finances – praise God for deliverance.

The fifth definition would describe someone that is meddlesome or prying. This is the only one that doesn’t describe me because: a-my life is so full of awesome and eventful things that I don’t care to hear about the mistakes or misdeeds of others and: b-if I hear things, I usually don’t remember them long enough to tell anyone else anyway. I’d much rather be the bearer of good news, or even tell of comical or silly things and events.

The sixth says that if something is busy, it is cluttered with small, fussy details, describing how an article of clothing looks or possibly an article of decoration or the décor of a house or room in general. It did occur to me that my grandsons somewhat fit this definition inasmuch as they are the personification of small, fussy details – and they do tend to clutter the house quite a bit.

The seventh and last definition of the word busy is to keep occupied or to make or keep busy. This reminds of some of the work we did when I was in the army – busy work – it wasn’t necessarily necessary but the higher ups wanted to keep us busy to hopefully keep us out of trouble – it usually didn’t have the desired effect.

Being busy is a good thing, especially on the positive side of morality. Anybody that has trouble knowing which side is the positive, I have a Friend that always helps me for the asking and will help them too. ec


Blogger Bonita said...

You've covered this quite meticulously, if I may say so...I can see the imprint of a job well done.

10/24/2006 09:20:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

bonita - Therein contained are the mentions and hints of several jobs - done to the best of my ability. ec

10/24/2006 10:22:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Uh hmmm, I do see that you've been busy in every descriptional area there Mr. EC!

Those grandbabies are such a joy but they sure are harder to keep up with than their parents were, don't you think?

10/25/2006 09:28:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - So true, could it be that I'm slowing down a little? That or my drag coefficient has increased greatly. :) ec

10/26/2006 05:00:00 AM  
Blogger Tim Rice said...

I always enjoy your "word definition" posts. It's fun to engage our language that way especially when you have done the work for me. ;)

10/26/2006 09:10:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

tim rice - I do enjoy the language and playing with the words thereof. ec

10/27/2006 12:11:00 AM  

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