I was looking for my favorite umbrella, which is black, with little spots all the same
size, in all kinds of colors. I loved that it had an overall bright look to it, along with
the main color of black mellowing it out. I felt dressy and fashionable with it, never
‘gaudy,’ despite its colorful polka dots of lavender, bright pink, turquoise, yellow, lime
green and orange. I retraced my steps and while doing this small town tour, popping
into the library to check its lost and found, stopping at the coffee shop on the corner,
going into the gas station, where I sometimes set my umbrella down to open one of
the refrigerator cases. Finally, going up the stairs of my apartment to ask the manager
if anyone had turned it in. I started thinking of the dozens, no more than that! Lots of
ways we use spots and dots in our everyday lives.
So, let me get us started. . .
When you get into a ‘jam,’ you are in a ‘spot.’ If it is a financial ‘spot’ you are in, you
may ask someone to ‘spot’ you some money. You may even ask a friend, “Can you loan
me a ‘spot’ of cash?”
Mom mentioned, as I was telling her about my lost spotted umbrella, over the phone,
“Stars are mere dots in the sky.”
I asked her if she remembered my old Reader book about Jane and Dick, didn’t they
have a dog named, “Spot?”
She replied, “Since Spot is one of the most common names (in the U.S.) to give a dog,
it may have been named, ‘Spot.’ I don’t remember.”
It made me smile when she reminded me to tell my ‘blogging friends,’ that my brother’s
spotted Dalmatian was named, “Galaxy.” When he wanted her to come, he would say,
“Come on, Gal.”
Wordplay is always something our family enjoys.
The children’s animated film, “101 Dalmatians” really had a lot of ‘spots’ in it.
Do you like spots on dogs?
Did you ever see ‘spots?’ Did this experience cause you to faint?
Many times, when thinking about food, you may imagine spots to be ‘bad,’ as when a
banana has ‘brown spots’ or an apple has ‘soft spots.’ Those darn mushy fruits make you
dislike ‘spots.’ I have a ‘soft spot’ for pineapple, which while choosing it, you do wish
the outer layer of green with brown triangles, to ‘give’ a little, showing it to be soft and
sweet inside, along with being ripe.
When I think of a positive way of thinking about ‘spots’ I change it to ‘dots’ and I do like
those chewy candy “Dots.” I also like the dark chocolate saucer-shaped candy with white
sprinkles on them which are called, “Nonpareils.” I used to buy a strip of white paper with
different pastel colored ‘spots’ or dots, made of sugar for pennies.
When I think of an ice cream with spots,
I think of chocolate chips or nuts sprinkled on it. One of my youngest daughter’s favorite
ice creams is Graeter’s Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice cream. My younger brother, Rich, just
tried and enjoyed “Blue Moo Cookie Dough Ice Cream” at UDF. “Spots” placed on vanilla
ice cream in a cone become “eyes” in some children’s minds. Have you ever eaten
an ice cream cone with “eyes” on it? I used to order these for my children at Friendly’s
and also, our local Dairy Depot or Dairy Point with my ‘grandies.’
My favorite dress of all time, was one my Mom hand sewed. With its fabric being
called, Dotted Swiss, it was a light peach color. Those white soft, tufted spots
made me feel quite happy wearing and looking at it. The texture was one which
enticed me to smooth it down, running my hand across the surface, while sitting
When you have a ‘blemished record,’ you may have a spotty record.
(But you also could have a ‘checkered’ past.)
The positive thing about having those raised acne ‘spots’ or ‘zits’ as a teenager is,
you may have nice moist skin now, which appears young for your age.
Another set of ‘spots’ on your face, while we were growing up, would cause some
alarm, since it could be measles.
“X” marks the Spot, which is what is one of the best parts of a Treasure Map.
Have you played this with your children or grandchildren?
While driving in your car, you need to remember to check your blind ‘spots.’
Other ‘down’ sides of spots are when you have used the wrong dishwasher
detergent and your beautiful pieces crystal has ‘spots’ on them. The labels
to almost all of these products claim to produce “Spot-Free” dishes, silverware
In games, spots are often featured. There are ‘spots’ of white on black Dominoes.
The double colored spots in Candy Land, mean you get to travel past two of those
colored spots. You must beware, there is a sticky spot on the game board, too.
The saying, “Leopards never change their spots,” generally means that people
are also not likely to change.
In Art, a technique of painting spots or dots next to each other, making it look
from a distance like they are connected is called, “Pointillism.” George Seurat made
this a famous way of painting, along with Paul Signac. (Late nineteenth century.)
The style of making spots on canvas is a branch off the larger art category or genre
labeled, “Impressionism.” When I was teaching Language Arts in middle school,
there was a fantastic, creative art teacher who connected art with music. She played
the Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, where it goes “Da da da daaah!” Those pounding
notes on the piano, brought the children to make dabbing splashes of spots on
their paper in art class to create their own pointillism examples. I enjoyed hanging
these up along the hallway, leading up tomy class for parents’ Open House Night.
These turned out awesome, as was the period she had paired sunflowers of Van Gogh
with the music of Electric Light Orchestra.
You may get into some ‘tight spots.’
Hope they are as fun as getting into a crowded VW or an old phone booth with your
boy or girlfriend.
Freckles look like the cutest ‘spots’ ever on the faces of red-haired children.
Young animals often have faint spots, like the robin on the white feathers under
the beak. The fawn, like Bambi, has white soft spots on their coats.
In England, at a British tea party, you might hear someone ask you,
“Would you like a ‘spot’ of tea?”
When you think of Lawrence Welk, do you think of polka dots?
When someone cooks a great country dinner with all the fixings,
you may exclaim, “This dinner really hit the ‘spot!'”
On a stage, there are certain “spots” that actors stand on, so the
lime lights will light them, while they deliver their lines. A director
may yell, ‘Everyone get on their spots!”
In marching band, you march to create patterns and it is very important
to ‘stay in formation.’ The band director may also yell, “Everyone get on
When I think of iconic “spots” I think of Lucy with a black and white
spotted skirt and Minnie Mouse, with her red and white spotted skirt.
When you think of a sore “spot,” you may picture your muscles or a canker
sore on your mouth. But, you also may think that someone talking about
a particular subject is rubbing a ‘sore’ or ‘touchy’ spot.
The Ink Spots may entertain you with one or all of these
“If I Didn’t Care”
“I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire”
“I’m Making Believe” (with Ella Fitzgerald)
“Into Each Life, Some Rain Must Fall” (with Ella Fitzgerald)
“The Gypsy” their # 1 song.
By the way, they were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame in 1989.
What tight or tough “spots” have you been in during your life?
For fun, what is a spot you like to head to on vacation?
Or please give us another example of the word, “spot.”
Finally, did I make you slightly ‘dotty’ over the usage of the word, “spot?”
Would you mind sharing about the bright “spots” in your life?