Engaging Each Day with Action Words

Glean. — While Every Sentence Starts with a Verb.

on November 11, 2012

Glean: to gather, learn, or find out, usually, bit by bit …or slowly and laboriously.

Dress in jeans, t-shirts and tennis shoes. Roll up jeans so as to not step on them. Remind kiddos 14 times  to use the bathroom before we get in the car, because …”if you don’t, you are gonna be out of luck!”  Honk the horn because the same kiddos are now in the backyard, digging through the sandbox, looking for hoes and shovels.  Yell that they won’t need those, “turnips are NOT that hard to get out of the ground!” and …get in the car. Buckle.

Drive a few miles. Turn right. Turn right again. Pass two houses on left and one house on right. Ignore the “No Trespassing” signs. Go past the silo and follow TURNIP signs. Discuss with Y why TURNIP is spelled with  an “IP” and why not an “UP?” Acknowledge that’s a fair question.

Soak up the beautiful sunshine. Breathe in the fresh air.  Feel blessed.

Listen to the directions:

1. Find turnip in ground.

2. Pull up same turnip.

3. Cut off stems.

4. Put in bag.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Bend and pull and lift and carry. Cut and toss and drop and stack.

Look at dirt under fingernails. Discover slug on shoulder. (Uck!)

Talk and listen and keep an eye on kiddos. Thank them for doing such good work.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Wonder if people really like this many turnips. Count how many times I’ve actually voluntarily eaten turnips. Giggle.

Take pictures of kiddos in the fields. Stack bags of turnips on larger trailer. Stand back. Look. Appreciate the accomplishment.

Say Thanks. Gather kiddos back into car. Be proud of them for working hard, gleaning turnips in the fields.

Yes, we all gleaned in a turnip field this afternoon. Collecting turnips to give to others in need. Little by little, one turnip at a time.  Some huge. Some tiny. We got our hands dirty. We enjoyed the work alongside friends and neighbors. We worked. We played.

Little by little. We collected … today, it was turnips.

Glean: to gather, learn, or find out, usually, bit by bit …

I want to glean a little bit of life, …. everyday.

Gather. Learn. Find out. 

Let’s All, Go. Do That. 


7 responses to “Glean. — While Every Sentence Starts with a Verb.

  1. Jan says:

    What an awesome lesson in giving…even turnips!!! I will try to glean some thing from life tomorrow. Love the pictures.

  2. MommyVerbs says:

    Thanks…it was a fun experience. I love a good play on words. So, Thanks for playing. ❤

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  5. […] Glean in a sentence. I think ‘glean’ is one of those forgotten words. And it is such a great word. Glean needs to make a comeback in conversation. Here’s a challenge for us all today…use glean in a sentence. And in no reference to turnip pulling either. (also a popular search term!) […]

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