So, Word of the Week.
I'm joining in with The Reading Residence's word of the week Linky. Lots going on over the past couple of weeks, but a theme running through was challenge.
a. A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: a challenge to a duel.
b. An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation: a challenge to the government's authority.
2. A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question: a challenge to a theory.
3. A sentry's call to an unknown party for proper identification.
4. A test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking: a career that offers a challenge.
5. A claim that a vote is invalid or that a voter is unqualified.
6. Law A formal objection to the inclusion of a prospective juror in a jury.
7. Immunology The induction or evaluation of an immune response in an organism by administration of a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
vb (mainly tr)
1. to invite or summon (someone to do something, esp to take part in a contest)
2. (also intr) to call (something) into question; dispute
3. to make demands on; stimulate: the job challenges his ingenuity.
4. (Military) to order (a person) to halt and be identified or to give a password
5. (Law) law to make formal objection to (a juror or jury)
6. to lay claim to (attention, etc)
7. (Hunting) hunting (intr) (of a hound) to cry out on first encountering the scent of a quarry
8. (Veterinary Science) to inject (an experimental animal immunized with a test substance) with disease microorganisms to test for immunity to the disease
9. a call to engage in a fight, argument, or contest
10. a questioning of a statement or fact; a demand for justification or explanation
11. a demanding or stimulating situation, career, object, etc
12. (Military) a demand by a sentry, watchman, etc, for identification or a password
13. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US an assertion that a person is not entitled to vote or that a vote is invalid
14. (Law) law a formal objection to a person selected to serve on a jury (challenge to the polls) or to the whole body of jurors (challenge to the array)
[C13: from Old French chalenge, from Latin calumniacalumny
Being a parent is never going to be easy - neither is being a woman, or being disabled. But sometimes it feels as though everything is a fight, and I'm always on the losing side. I want to be a part of things, but it's just so hard. So I've been challenged, and been challenging this lasdt little while. Hopefully things are on more of an even keel now, so I can leave the distress and confusion behind and get on with living this life instead.