I've been sailing right along through this A to Z Challenge and figured I would run into problems with some of the letters along the way, but so far it's not been too difficult. I've kept my mind open to all the possibilities which came my way and now that I am up to the letter "U", I've uncovered a doozie of a word! If you are a lawyer-type, you probably already know what this word means and would be eager to give your elderly clients some advice on how to best use it. And if you are a writer-type, you probably have never heard of it...yet, it is certainly the most empowering word we could ever find!
Usufruct means the right to use and enjoy something. That means as a writer I have the RIGHT to use my creativity to explore new worlds and stir up a little magic. As a writer I have the RIGHT to enjoy what I do...without excuses...without apologies...without explanations. I have the RIGHT to boldly go where no writer has gone before and spin a tale, enticing my readers to follow along. I have the RIGHT to take time out of my demanding schedule so I may encourage the child in me to come out and share a story. Usufruct...I LIKE the sound of that!
Written by: Heather Feldman
Illustrated by: Nadine Bernard Westcott
ISBN 13 978-06-1333-1777
Teaser: Umbrealla bird is unhappy with his unusual feathers. Why can't he be like all the other birds? What's so special about him, anyway?