I have always loved to write but as a student and young adult, I disliked grammar. It just seemed like a lot of rules to bog down my writing; however, as I began to seek publication, I began to understand the importance of grammar and was motivated to study its usage. I soon discovered proper grammar actually adds clarity to a written work. Of course, I am still no expert at grammar; there are rules I forgotten or have not mastered, as well as other rules that are debated among literary experts. Nonetheless, I do my best because I want my work to have clarity.
This morning I was reminded that, just as the little details of grammar are important to clarify the meaning and intent to my written words, my actions are important to clarify and add depth and truth to my spoken words.
The morning was cool and I had taken a few minutes to slip outside before the day began to enjoy the quiet beauty of pre-dawn. Upon my return I was greeted with a hot cup of coffee sweetened with my favorite creamer. That simple act brightened my morning and reminded me of a daughter’s love. She could simply tell me she loves me, but she knows my love of hot drinks, sweet spices, and leisurely strolls in the early morning or late evening, so she often greets me at the door with a hot cup of coffee sweetened with flavored cream or a hot cup of tea with a sprig of mint.
Her actions add depth to her words. We may tell those who are dear to us we love them, but it is the actions behind the words that give it meaning. In fact, love is a verb. It is defined by action. Of course words are also important, but today I was reminded that sometimes actions can speak clearer than words. The little acts of kindness that we give to others are like punctuation marks, they accentuate the love we have for one another.