Bon Mots

Words get dusty if they're not used.


Writing a letter is an art form, a gift of time you offer to another to compose your thoughts and create meaning for them. The thoughts can be simple, a domestic tale of the day’s events, or words of encouragement and love. Or perhaps a muse on life and its meaning. It’s a good time to exercise your vocabulary. Words get dusty if they're not used. They need to be taken out and exercised regularly. These bon mots are just a few in my collection. 

Apricity is comfort. It means to feel the warmth of the sun on a chilly day. It is a perfect word for that singular feeling that every Canadian knows, the hopefulness of the warm sun felt on the body in the midst of a long winter.

Petrichor is memory. It's the word to describe the smell that rises from the hot dust when rain first hits it. A brief metallic scent as the rain kisses the ground.

Resfeber is feeling. A restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins. When anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.

Nothing makes me happier than finding a new word to slip into my lexicon and taking it out for a little air and exercise and sharing it with a friend.