Dear readers and writers, yesterday’s prompt for Anita Ojeda’s #write28days challenge was imperturbable, a word I can’t remember ever hearing. And one I certainly have never used. I wrote my February edition of 10 on the 10th for yesterday’s post. So today I decided to look up imperturbable in an effort to expand my kindergarten vocabulary. And when I read its definition, I thought I would be able to expound on it enough for a post.
Do you know the definition of this word? Have you ever used imperturbable in a sentence? According to Merriam-Webster.com:
Definition of imperturbable: marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness : SERENE
Did you know there’s a channel on YouTube, Emma Saying, for learning how to pronounce words in English? When I listened to imperturbable pronounced, I realized it wasn’t as foreign to me as I thought.
I realized its root word is perturb. Which is a word I know but don’t often use. Although, I am perturbed daily!! But I would say frustrated, rattled, upset instead.
After giving the word some thought, I realized imperturbable is something I would like to be more of. These days it seems that everything sets me off, makes me (more) impatient, aggravated, on-edge, anxious. That’s part of the reason I selected flow for my word of the year. I need to become more imperturbable. More like a duck.
No one has ever accused my daughters or me of having a calm temperament. In 2-year-old Cami, we call it spiciness. But in my adulthood, it’s more like a personality disorder!! Or more temper than temperament. Lauren just sent me this tonight. Oh, how I can relate.
I see some of the same spirit? passion? enthusiasm? in Cady and Lucia, too. Heaven help us!!
Our Imperturbable Fellas
While the girls and I are spicy, our Prince Charmings are much more imperturbable. Thank goodness. During this month of love, many of us turn our thoughts to romance and relationships. And what makes relationships work. I think in the case of my marriage to PC, and the marriages of Brennyn and Mustafa and Lauren and Francisco, there is a delect balance in play. A balance between our spiciness and our husbands’ unflappability.
Sometimes I get a little frustrated with PC because he is so neutral about everything. So steady, so even. I would welcome just a little more energy or enthusiasm about something. Something other than baseball. But when it feels like the bottom is falling out of my world, I am glad for his composure. I am sure he would be thrilled for me to learn to be a little more composed and even.
Maybe there is something to that old adage that opposites attract.
Are you imperturbable? Or spicy? Or somewhere comfortably in between? Is imperturbable a word you use? As I type it now, I practice saying it in my head so that maybe someday I can incorporate that 5-syllable word correctly in a sentence.
Thank you for popping in. All of this writing has me very behind on blog reading. Hoping to get by to say hi to my blogging buddies this weekend.
Hugs and kisses,