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X Marks the Spot

The Watered Soul: X Marks the Spot

Apr 28, 2010

X Marks the Spot

Well we're back to our regularly scheduled A-Z Challenge post and today's letter is "X". Now I must admit that I had to sneak a peak in the dictionary for some ideas since I don't regularly use words beginning with that letter. However, none stuck out to me as much as the plain old letter "x". I often “x” things off my to-do list or mark an “x” when filling out forms. But did you know that even in today's time, some people are unable to write their name and have to sign forms with an "x"? Reading and writing are fundamental things that I often take for granted. Yet, many of my ancestors labored to ensure those behind them would have the opportunity to read and write. According to the Department of Justice statistics, 21 million Americans can't read at all, 45 million are marginally illiterate and one-fifth of high school graduates can't read their diplomas.

However, in my line of work, I see people using "x" as their signature not because they're unable to read but because they're physically disabled due to some type of medical condition or motor vehicle accident. I can't imagine the daily struggle to perform even the simplest of task. Today as I go about reading posts, typing and adding my signature to copious notes, I do it with conscious gratitude for not just the knowledge to read and write but for the ability to use my hands.

As this month long A to Z challenge quickly comes to an end, it will soon be one of the tasks I can mark “x” through as completed. Many of the participants will be joining a mega post on May 3 to discuss what we’ve learned through this event. In the mean time find out what other x-rated (oops I meant related) topics are being expounded today here.


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12 Comments:

At April 28, 2010 at 11:25 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

X-Rated? Ha Ha! Thank the Lord He's not shown me the eXit yet!

Blessings,

 
At April 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM , Blogger Wanda said...

lol...x-rated NOT. Yep, I'm grateful that my sins has been X out. Thanks for stopping by.

 
At April 28, 2010 at 4:48 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Thank goodness it's not x-rated! I know that's not how you roll though sister! :)

Great "X" post!

 
At April 28, 2010 at 5:58 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Lisa, I'm glad you've come to know that about me.

 
At April 28, 2010 at 6:34 PM , Blogger Bud Ezekiel H. said...

ahhhh:) three more posts. do you think you would do another A to Z challenge, Wanda?

you nailed this one!

 
At April 28, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Patricia Stoltey said...

Well done, Wanda -- seems like this challenge went really fast, now that it's almost over.

 
At April 28, 2010 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Ellie said...

Hi Wanda, fun post, nice curve ball!
Hard to believe we are near the end; it went by quickly! Phew, the dreaded X is over!

 
At April 28, 2010 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Bud, I just might give it a try again in the future. It's been a learning experience.

Patricia and Ellie, it seems like yesterday I was debating about joining the challenge and not it's pratically over.

 
At April 29, 2010 at 2:51 AM , Blogger Niki said...

I agree, this challenge has gone so fast. It will be good to get some sleep now though. haha

 
At April 29, 2010 at 7:03 AM , Blogger Linda said...

New design on the blog? Love it! And great X post. I had to do a little dictionary reading also, then decided to go with the only X word I could think of. Another A-Z challenge? I don't know. . .

 
At April 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Watery Tart said...

What a great reminder to be thankful for what we have--healthy enough limbs to write AND literacy. It is so foreign to think about a day when people couldn't do that (or had to carry about a stamp to mark themselves because so few read and write) but we forget that there are people today with huge challenges. I think if I lost my ability to write, my sanity would soon follow right behind.

 
At April 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM , Blogger Tori Cooper said...

Funny how our posts correlate... :-) I wrote about XO's- Hugs & Kisses... how legend has it that people used an X to sign their name & then they would kiss it to finalize everything...I had no idea people still signed with X's! COOL!

 

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