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So True

15 Sep

I came across a quote yesterday, it was or is a wisdom quote. I so loved the quote I had to have it re-blogged (it was originally blogged by Otrazhenie). The quote simply goes ‘The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks if you’re okay.’

How nice to have the strong ones amongst us weak mortals. I say ‘us weak mortals’ because I don’t see myself as being strong, most times I need someone to ‘unburden’ on, someone who would perform the simple act of listening, sometimes not listening to proffer solutions but just listening. I am sure many of us fall under that category.

Point is even the weak at times have to exhibit some strength when they meet with those they are stronger than. Virtually everyone has someone or those who look up to them. A parent undergoing depression has to cast aside their depression to be strong for their children, the children is their department,they just have to man it depressed or no. Even amongst the children, the younger ones tend to look up to the older ones and the older ones simply assume the role of the strong one when the parents just aren’t there. You find older siblings forgoing their meals for the younger ones, or rustling up some food for them to eat even if they have zero cooking skills. I remember when we were little, sometimes we would get back from school and there’s nothing to eat (no prepared meal) and mum and dad are still at work. Our eldest brother would go to the backyard, there was a kind of flower garden there with some other plants that looked like vegetables, I don’t know how he did it, but he would get some of those ‘vegetables’ some snails and he always came up with tasty ‘nameless’ dishes! For us then he was the strong one and he always made sure we, his younger siblings were okay before he had his meal.

So what I am saying in effect is that there is a hierarchy when it comes to being strong. In the family arrangement, the ultimate source of strength is the husband/father. Everyone in the home looks up to him. Sometimes in trying to keep up the appearance of being strong, some of them actually do without complaining about any form of discomfort or ailment. How many sudden deaths are recorded for women, how about men in general? Do the math.

Another set of ‘strong’ ones that should be taken care of are caregivers. It is so easy to overlook caregivers and assume they are okay…always okay. I have seen several occasions where the caregiver gave up before the person they were caring for.

So true indeed the saying ‘The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks if you’re okay.’ 

Let’s make it a habit to ask if the strong are okay, take time out to check on them and find out how they are faring. You may just find out that the strong person you are looking at may not really be that strong after all. Everyone needs some tender loving care.

The worst part about being strong is that no one ever asks if you’re okay

15 Sep

I couldn’t agree more.

Otrazhenie

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DICTION FRIDAY

12 Sep

              Pronouncing Letter C Digraphs

A digraph refers to two letters that are seen as one when you are pronouncing them. They could be consonants, vowels or a combination of the two.
Today we shall take a close look at letter C digraphs, that is, digraphs that contain letter C.
We have about three such digraphs
• CC
• CH
• CK
A common sound for all of these digraphs is /k/
CC –account, accuse, accord, acclaim
CH –chemist, chemical, character, chrome
CK –crack, back, lock, lucky

The digraph CK has only one sound /k/. We cannot say the same about the other letter C digraphs.

The digraph CC has two notable sounds. The sound is determined by the letter that comes right AFTER it.
If the vowels i or e comes after the digraph cc, the sound becomes /ks/ in which case it seems that each letter takes on a sound of its own.

CC as /ks/ accept, accident, accelerate, access, accent, eccentric, Occident
For all other words with any other letter (vowel or consonant) coming after the digraph, the sound remains /k/
Other examples –occupy, Accra, accomplish, occult

The digraph CH has a number of sounds among which is its dominant sound /ʧ/. We have already seen where CH is realized as /k/.
Please note that as a rule, whenever CH precedes letter R it is realized as /k/
CH+r =/k/ Christmas, chrome, chronicle, Christopher

Also note that CH is sounded /k/ when pronouncing Bible words i.e. people/place names –Achan, Nebuchadnezzar, Malachi. The only exception to this rule is the name Rachael, where CH is pronounced /ʧ/. We also know that some languages pronounce that name as /ræˈkel/.

Other sounds for the digraph ch include
/ʧ/ Chew, chase, channel, choose, change, lunch
/ʃ/ Champagne, chic, machine, Chevrolet, chauffeur
/ʤ/ Greenwich, Norwich (British place names)

And of course the digraph CH could be silent as we have in the word ‘yacht’.

Where Are We Now?

10 Sep

The long vacation started end of July for some pupils/students, early August for others, and like every other holiday, the children could not wait to really get into it. Then, the menace called Ebola set in. The press had a field day, spreading terror how best they could. It was like “Catch Ebola in the bus-stop nearest to you”. What else could ruin a holiday than a life-threatening virus.

Granted, the sensationalism created a lot of awareness, (let’s not talk about the bathe and drink salt saga) and a whole lot of changes in many. Notable amongst others is how orderly Nigerians became…no more pushing and shoving at bus-stops, minimal body contact inside of buses, and then the hand sanitisers!

I think producers of hand sanitisers made their greatest sales this period. You can find hand sanitisers sticking out of purses, back pockets, breast pockets… Even those who know nothing about the sanitisers use them these days. For some hand sanitisers replaced the hand creams. It is not surprising to find some using hand sanitisers after washing their hands with soap under running water! Strikes me as quite funny, since the washing of hands with simple soap and running water is really all that is needed, maybe the sanitisers are for ‘double’ protection.

Next we have multiple resumption dates for schools. The Federal government’s directive to adjust the school resumption date was greeted with mixed reactions. Those whose entire livelihood depends on schools’ resuming would not hear of it. If you ask me, all the brouhaha over the resumption date is entirely selfish. Have we really sat back to think about what would happen if this virus enters the school environment? We shall be talking about the wiping out of whole families! The ‘it is not my portion’ ideology alone would cause the biggest problem.

Many, due to their religious affiliations do not believe that anything ‘bad’ can happen to them. This in itself is a high powered self deceit. Bad things happen everyday, even to the most righteous of men! Anyway, back to Ebola, how many parents would have a child running a fever, vomiting, etc and associate the illness to the dreaded virus? We would first try out our usual self medication, during which time the virus would simply pass on to others within the family. If that doesn’t work the next port of call is the church for ‘faith healing’. Even if there is a nagging suspicion of what the problem really is, who would be brave enough to give it its rightful name, after all ‘it is not our portion’. Of course, the hospital is the last resort.

So where exactly are we now? Are schools resuming on the 22nd of September? 13th of October? Indefinitely?

Putting aside our selfishness, what exactly is the right thing to do?

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