First question we always have for one another is, so what are you reading?
I start carrying on about a novel called Belgravia, written by Julien Fellowes who wrote Downton Abbey by saying, it begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, using the word, pivotal, in my abbreviated description.
Her preteen, well-mannered daughter Sara, asks its meaning.
I loved that she didn’t know, but was bright enough to ask. At her age I would have been bored and embarrassed, but being her mother’s daughter she too is an avid reader who loves language.
When you read a lot, your vocabulary can’t help but to increase, therefore you speak with an elegance you’re not always aware of. It’s one of the many boons books bring within their binding.
Alice lets me take the helm since I used the word, so I say in Susannahese, it means it’s key to the story, appearing throughout, hoping my clipped meaning was correct.
I look at Alice for verification.
“That’s right,” she says, think when you pivot in dance class Sara, you go all the way around coming back to where you started because your starting point is that important.”
How I loved watching Sara listen, making the word her own.
When I came home, I still looked it up….an adjective…
Of crucial importance…the report was missing a pivotal piece of information. Central, urgent and necessary. Something that appears throughout. A sliding or pivotal motion.