Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Antonym Power to Shape Our Common Vow

Some couples write their own vows, and some use beautiful words written by others. Most of us speak some or all of the traditional vows including the words below:

To have and to hold from this day forward for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health . . . .

Signifying 30 years together
These words have power because so many of us have spoken them and heard them throughout our lives, but some of their power derives from the word choices. They convey the light and shadow, the ease and challenge according to our wealth and health. These juxtaposed conditions made sharp by antonyms return to us and remind us of our responsibilities no matter what Fate throws our way.

Reading Challenge:

Read for antonyms in everything you read this week. Note that when they have been used deftly, the passage is more memorable and pleasing.

Writing Challenge:

Revise a passage from your own writing to make use of antonym power.

Signifying 60 years together

Connye Griffin creates My Writing and Editing Coach.

She also writes Our Eyes Upon Missouri.