Preparing for a new venue always churns up the vocabulary. While helping me sort the stones before I packed them up for the Atlas Performing Arts Center (to be sure none were missing…and replacing those that were – e.g., “fellow”…really?), my son thought of some more that I hadn’t included (“befuddled,” “gormless,” “tacitern” – yes, he is my kid!).
Then, I thought of some more on the drive down to to install. As I passed Gallaudet University, I thought about how hearing impaired people can interact with Weigh Your Words with no special accommodations, but visually impaired people would need lots of support. So I realized that I had left out “deaf,” “hearing impaired,” and “blind” (but I already had “disabled”). These are touchy words, very loaded, and I hope I will get feedback on those and other words that people prefer to use to describe themselves.
It never ceases to amaze me how many words we use to describe ourselves! The Intersections Festival has just started, and I already have a list of “new words” ready to be added along with any others that the audience tells me about in the next two weeks.
Will I reach 1,500 before the summer? At some point, I may not be able to fit all of these stones in my car – then what??