Let There be Light!

Dear Daughter

As you recently learned lightbulbs make life great, but they are extremely difficult to replace. It is because of this difficulty that people are always asking how many people from a particular country does it take to replace a lightbulb? This is not meant to be an insult, but it reflects the difficulty of the task.

We do take the simple lightbulb for granted. By just flipping a switch, our darkest corners are lit up allaying our fears of the dark and allowing us to find cats hiding in the opaquest corners of a closet – generating fear that the cat may have pooped inside our shoes. Lightbulbs are certainly much better than having to rub two sticks together to create a fire, which then always results in either setting your fur clothing on fire or your thatch hut ablaze. The simple lightbulb is also superior to the more advanced candle or oil lamp, which has also been responsible for setting everything on fire. It’s a miracle humanity survived lighting the world with fire.

They are even now discussing how previous gene splicing of plants with genes from fireflies, which resulted in plants that glow-in-the-dark, could create a whole new product line of organic lighting; plants the glow at night as a light source. This seems pretty cool, just not sure if it could ever be turned off? But it would be cool to have trees actually light up the streets with zero electricity! Anyway, thank you light bulbs for all you do for us, even though you’re so difficult to replace.


New Word of the Day: 

Superfluous (adjective)

  1. being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 
  2. unnecessary or needless. 
  3. Obsolete. possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.

Previous Words of the Day:   

Incongruous (adjective)

  1. out of keeping or place; inappropriate; unbecoming:
    an incongruous effect; incongruous behavior.
  2. not harmonious in character; inconsonant; lacking harmony of parts:
    an incongruous mixture of architectural styles.
  3. inconsistent:
    actions that were incongruous with their professed principles.

Deference  (noun):

  1. respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.
  2. respectful or courteous regard: “in deference to my dad’s wishes, I did not correct his misspelling.”

Acquiesce  (verb): to assent tacitly; submit or comply silently or without protest; agree; consent: “to acquiesce halfheartedly in a business plan.”

Magnanimous  (adjective)
  1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: “to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.”
  2. high-minded; noble: “just and magnanimous ruler.”
  3. proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: “magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.”

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