stymie \STAHY-mee\ , verb:
1. To hinder, block, or thwart.
1. Golf. (On a putting green) an instance of a ball’s lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt.
2. A situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
I now have the honor of sending congratulatory letters to alumni who have reason to be congratulated. Somehow, what should be an expedient task, has stymied my productivity as of late.
Mars Hill College has alumni that leave me awe inspired. I find myself writing checks to their charities, donating books to their schools, and further researching their efforts. My savings account is being stymied as well, I guess.
Let me just note one line from a newspaper article about a teacher who works with juvenile delinquents:
Williams also promotes reading literacy beyond the classroom and has created an unofficial library of books for students.
“Successfully encouraging troubled youths to read, and reap the benefits thereof, is often difficult,” she said. “That’s why I am so pleased when a kid asks me for another book to read.
“Kids know that I’m buying books for them, and they’re wearing them out. One kid broke the back of a book, and he had taped it up, and he apologized when he brought it back. But I said, ‘Honey, I don’t care. You’re reading.’”
I believe those books can change their lives. So I’m sending her all the books that changed mine. Nothing can stymie that. Except maybe the postal service, I guess.