Word of the Day: Soigne

Welcome to the Word of the Day where people are encouraged to improve their vocabulary by learning these great and fun words!Hello, my chums!

It is with great pleasure that I share with you another word of the day. (I hope you are having fun teaching these words to your grandchickabiddies!)

It’s summer. (Oh. You already know that.)

Summer time = dirty kids. At least if your grandkids are at all like what my kids were like!

Kids play outside. In the dirt. They get grass stains on their clothes. Stains from popsicles. Stains from the paint from doing crafts with you or from your art work created with sidewalk chalk.

And, generally, kids wear their play clothes — not their go-to-Sunday-meetin’ clothes. (Which is good — because of all of those pesky stains!)

However, there are times when you might want your grandchildren to get cleaned up and put on clean clothes.

You’d like them to brush their hair and wash their faces.

You want them to be soigne.

Soigne (pronounced swa-nyay) is today’s word of the day. It is an adjective that means well-groomed.

You might want your grandkids to be soigne to go out to eat at a nice restaurant. (Chik-fil-a is a different matter altogether!) Or to go to a movie. Or go to the library. To have a family picture taken. Or to show off to your neighbors so that your neighbors can see just how cute your grandkids are!

Your teenaged grandchildren will probably want to be soigne when they go to the prom. And maybe on a date with a special someone. All grandkids definitely should be soigne when they go to church!

There are definite times when you don’t give a spit and a lick about them being well-groomed. Like when you all go camping for a family reunion (like we will be doing this coming weekend). When they are running through the sprinklers at your house. When you’re chilling out on a Saturday night playing games together. When you’re cooking in the kitchen together — especially if some of the ingredients might include something red like spaghetti or pizza sauce!

I dare say that if those soigne expectations are not very often that your grandkids might not bellyache about them. In fact, if you make those events super special, your grands just might well enjoy being soigne!