April TIF

Sharon B’s Take It Further challenge for April is “How do you see change?” I’m having a terrible time trying to come up with ideas for this.

There are various levels of change. There is change on the broader, public scale – global change, political change, technological change. There are changes in fashion (not that that would be my strong point). Then there’s change on the personal level – changes in job, in family, in where you live, in lifestyle.

At a loss, I looked up “change” in the thesaurus.  I found “change” as in money – pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and in Canada, loonies and toonies.

There are synonyms for change – in the sense of  “alteration”, there is: about-face, addition, adjustment, advance, break, compression, contraction, conversion, correction, development, difference, distortion, diversification, diversity, enlargement, innovation, metamorphosis, modification, modulation, mutation, novelty, permutation, reconstruction, refinement, remodeling, reversal, revision, revolution, shift, surrogate, switch, tempering, transformation, transition, transmutation, turn, turnover, variance, variation, variety, vicissitude

“Innovation” has a positive connotation; correction a negative one (as in a “correction” in the financial system).

I’m probably obsessing about this.

There are the cute linguistic quirks of English – change one’s underwear, change ringing, change a tune, sea change, short change, small change, change for dinner, change your mind.  None of this is getting any stitching done, but it is an amusing off-shoot.

In general, I’m not a fan of change. At first, reading Sharon’s challenge, my image of change was a deep black box, with something unknown at the bottom. Black on black on black – not a very positive image (although a stitching challenge….).  but as I explore “change,” I’m just starting to see other options.


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