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    Smile words in the air

    Hi! I have two questions. Please help!!!

    1. I can't follow what this underlined phrase means.

    I also like seeing my mom and dad together again, even though it's just words in the air from a time long ago.
    (In the story the speaker's mom and dad divorced long ago.)

    2. What does this sentence below means?
    Months break over us.



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    Re: words in the air

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hi! I have two questions. Please help!!!

    1. I can't follow what this underlined phrase means.

    I also like seeing my mom and dad together again, even though it's just words in the air from a time long ago.
    (In the story the speaker's mom and dad divorced long ago.)

    2. What does this sentence below means?
    Months break over us.



    Hi frindle,

    In both sentences, the writer is using the figurative language of a metaphor. In these examples, an image is presented as a means of depicting something in the reader's mind.

    In the first case, the writer wants you to imagine what it might be like to see "mom and dad together" after having been divorced so long ago ("just words in the air," i.e., very little reality to it -- if any at all; dreamlike); in the second, how the passing of months can have the feel of something "break[ing] over us" (a wave, for example -- what else might "break over us?").


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    Re: words in the air

    Even though it's just words in the air from a long time ago

    My take is that the writer is aware that his parents coming together is a wishful thinking , hence "just words in the air", feeble and helpless.

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