Accordion Fold: A Spelling Lesson

I hope this is not taken the wrong way but I've been really, really, really bothered by this for quite some time. I did not major in English nor am I an expert in English BUT this has got to be addressed because there are a LOT of crafting blogs and websites that spell the term wrongly.

This is what we call an accordion fold, which is sometimes referred to as concertina fold. Accordion is spelled as A-C-C-O-R-D-I-O-N. It is NOT spelled accordiAn. It may sound like it when you speak it, but it's not spelled as such.

If you Google it, the search engine will automatically correct you: has no result for accordian:

But in fact, has one for accordion:

Please, let's bother to look at our references before we endlessly abuse a word without really knowing how it's spelled. I hope you don't look at me funny. It's probably just the teacher in me.


I never set out to be a teacher that's why I'm a licensed professional who never ever thought of becoming one. Dealing with children wasn't really a gift I had then as far as I know. But somewhere along the way, the urge to share was too strong that I had to let go and embrace the change though quite frankly, I don't think I have it in me to this day this instinct about being with children. I don't think I'll ever learn how to, to be honest.

The first time I taught, they were 16-year-old high school seniors and they're boys... mostly. I accepted the position because they were nearer my age and it would be easier for me to relate. They're getting into college as I got out of it. Besides, I was teaching introduction to architectural drafting and painting. How difficult can it really get? I enjoyed those four years immensely, and hopefully inspired some of them, at least.

Now, I'm teaching primary schoolers. Big leap, huh? I couldn't tell you how I'm coping because I really don't know. My personality doesn't really suit being with small children. I'm not exactly gentle nor am I sweet. All I know is that they have impressionable minds and their foundation is of utmost importance, and that's where I take off. I treat them as I would my teenage students but slower and with more foundational inputs because well, that's what they need. I don't know if it's the right approach because I didn't study to be a teacher and be licensed for it.

Yesterday, as I was slouching on a sofa at the reception area waiting for my Crafts Class to start, one of my students, a six-year-old who I learned later isn't affectionate at all, came to me, climbed and sprawled herself on top of me. She gave me the tightest hugs and a kiss on my right cheek and said, "I like you. I like making things." It gave me a start because she's very close and my personal bubble was suddenly agitated. I was overwhelmed, to be honest, but I relaxed after awhile especially when she climbed down and started to inspect the goodies I bought. I guess, I must be doing something right. And I have to get used to their spontaneity.

To A Very Good Friend

8 December 1973-18 February 2010

So long, mate. I'll see you on the other side someday.

(In the pic is Arlan with wife May during UAP San Pablo Chapter's Christmas Party on 13 December 2009.)

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