It’s February! The month set aside for Love.
Such a lovely word, love. It conjures up a vast array of images and feelings. I’m not speaking only of the romantic notion of love, although that is certainly the big seller for the commercial world. I envision more of a whole mind and body experience when I think of love in the February sense. So in that vein, I thought I would explore my most favorite word to express my feelings of love. That word is Twitterpated.
As far as I know, the word Twitterpated – it makes me smile just to think it – first became known to the public when Walt Disney’s Bambi debuted, back in 1942. The only definition I came across was rather vague, but in general the word describes a rare condition we experience when love first strikes us without warning. Our head, or pate, goes all aflutter, or twitters.
Of course, in the movie, the wise old owl used the word Twitterpated to describe the hilarious antics of the forest animals as spring arrived and they began their courtship rituals. Ah, young love. Is there anything sweeter? As a matter of fact, yes, there is.
CHOCOLATE! I must admit that chocolate has the power to twitterpate me. The smell alone can nearly put me in a coma. Whether it’s dark and tangy, or light and smooth, it makes my olfactory senses twitter in anticipation of that first luscious bite. Thus, I’ve been Twitterpated. Obviously, from the sales of heart-shaped boxes that Russell Stovers alone puts out every February, I’m not the only one.
That’s all I have for today. If you have an opportunity to use this lovely word in your writing any time soon, please come back and let me know. It’s a fun word, and I’d enjoy seeing how all of you can find a way to incorporate it into a story. (Did you catch the challenge I just threw out to you?)
Have a wonderful first day of February. Start thinking of ways to surprise your Valentine, and if you don’t have one yet, don’t give up. You may become Twitterpated without any warning.