It’s Monday and it’s March, so for some reason the letter ‘m’ has been swirling around in my head all day. I have been debating some kind of theme to somehow thread this month together, so the thought of using a letter of the alphabet every day has crossed my mind (not in any particular order) so ‘m’ seems as good a letter as any to begin.
I enjoy the way the Roman alphabet is written, I appreciate the letters and their shapes and sounds. I have spent so much time in the past twelve years teaching phonics, that the ‘mmmm’ sound resonates as one of the easiest for kids to imitate and grasp. It’s soft and soothing and makes your lips a straight line that is so easy for kids to copy and remember. I have tried to learn a few other languages that use a different alphabet and I have NEVER said to myself, “Oh I love these letters and shapes, they make so much more sense than English.” I usually find them difficult to recall and write from memory and not particularly attractive as a script (with very many apologies to any non-English speakers who might read this and believe their alphabet is the best….it probably is…for you!)
Google calls ‘mmm’ an expression of ‘contentment or pleasure’ and it surely is. I love writing the letter ‘m’. It’s smooth and flowing without the need to lift pen or pencil off the paper, a double ‘n’, an upside down ‘w’. Or you can make it sharply stiff and resolutely bold, if it’s a capital letter, like a couple of upright mountains reaching for the clouds.
Thank you ‘M’, it’s been good to ponder on you today. I believe my Monday musings are complete!