The title of this short column is a real word, honest. One definition describes it as anything that has great beauty or significance – not just any old splendor but magnificent, fantastic splendor!
A friend of mine recently shared she was listening to the audio version of Great Expectations. To this retired language arts teacher who never tired hour after hour, day after day, year after year, of reading this with 9th graders, I thought it was a splendiferous idea! Who knew I would get to discuss fun facts about Dickens and his 13th novel so long after retiring? I still relish the surprise expressed at plot twists Dickens so skillfully weaves into Pip’s life, and the seeming mystery behind dual endings. I didn’t press her to divulge reasons for choosing this title. Maybe her motivation was simply to revisit a classic. Or could it have been to ease the nagging guilt that she deceived her teacher into believing she had actually read the entire novel when it was assigned? Surely not.
Obviously the labeling of any event as splendiferous is quite subjective. I’m not sure I know anyone else who would use it to describe a Dickens novel, though A Christmas Carol might get close in others’ estimations.
Might you agree that these are worthy of that label?
Thanksgiving dinner shared with family and friends
Vibrant dual rainbows after a storm
The birth of a grandbaby
A fried chocolate pie just like Grandma’s
Fun in the sun on Current River in July
Game-winning three-pointer at the ending buzzer
Sunsets in Ripley County
Dream vacations (Every site in France seemed splendiferous to me!)
Early morning after a heavy snowfall
Hillsides dappled with dogwood blossoms
May you experience an abundance of splendiferousness as the countdown to 2016 begins!
This was written for my Close To Home column in my local weekly, the Prospect-News. It appeared in the December 3rd issue.