The “Treasure Hunt” is officially over!
I’m going to make this official and announce that the “Treasure Hunt” is over.
With that out of the way, let me just say…Oh no, no, no, that’s too humdrum. I need to make some noise about this. So. Imagine I’m on top of a building or maybe standing on a balcony and I’m yelling this:
THANK YOU, EVERYONE, FOR BEING SO WONDERFUL AND CREATIVE AND SENDING ME YOUR WRITING!!!
Thank you, everyone, for being such great sports and making my “Treasure Hunt” a truly successful one!!! I got more entries than I’d have expected, and not only that, but all were very good, made my day, and I wish I had a prize for each and every one of the contestants.
The FIVE WORDS I picked for this literary endeavor weren’t chosen exactly at random. Here they are:
I’ve only recently found out that Shakespeare uses “rosemary” in the sense of remembrance. Ophelia says in Hamlet: “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance.” I must have heard it many times, but I find Ophelia irritating as a character, so I usually don’t pay attention to a lot of what she says. Anyway, I wanted to see if anyone would use the word in that way. No one did, however I was surprised to see that “rosemary” was used more predominantly as a name than as the herb. I personally wouldn’t have used it as a name, because I find it very old fashioned, so it makes me think of an aunt or a grandmother, not a lover. As the plant, though, that’s very appealing. Someone wrote about a woman who “wore a thin braided band of rosemary”. That’s so cool. I’d love a bracelet made of rosemary!
I was curious if “egg” would throw anyone off. No reason why it should, just wondered. I’m a daily consumer of eggs (though not for breakfast), so I guess I have egg on my mind a lot. And as I’ve discovered from the stories people sent me, so does everyone else, though predominantly for breakfast.
I find “egg” to be a funny sounding word when you say it out loud. I heard it once used as a name—“Call me Egg!”—which is so ridiculous, but I love it. Nobody used it as a name. I’ll have to remember to use it.
There were some unexpected “egg” uses that have nothing to do with breakfast:
“He looked back to his life
When the egg was soft…”
“Left me with some egg on my face.”
Because I think a lot of whales—they’re fascinating—and because sometimes we should stop and think about the whales. And I’m happy to see that I managed to make people think of the whale, even if it was in an abstract way.
OK, “forget” was picked at random. I thought I should add a verb. Some people used “to egg on”, so I didn’t actually need to add a verb, but it was a choice between “forget” or “shoe” and I went with “forget” because for some reason I kept seeing the shoe ending up in the whale’s stomach, and I didn’t want that to be the fate of the whale: ending up swallowing a shoe.
Because kisses are nice.
These were the words in my “Treasure Hunt”!
I’ve read through all the submissions, and I will post soon the four finalists.