For a long time, Fred and I have awarded one another an extra point for an outstanding play in Cribbage or Scrabble.
This Aesthetic Point showcases the game's finest possibilities.
In Cribbage, a good hand which is also just plain gorgeous (a straight that's also a flush, for example), earns one more point – an "aesthetic point" – along with the count determined by the rules.
In Scrabble, a particularly fine word fitting perfectly amid the ranks and files of letters already placed, deserves an aesthetic point.
It's the opponent's decision to award one, not based on scoring but because the play reveals the game at its best.
Aesthetic points occur in daily life too – when the fish are biting, the editor likes your story, the pun just floats to the tongue...
At my nephew's recent outdoor wedding the forecast was for mid-nineties, but clouds and a breeze softened the afternoon. After guests had migrated to the open-air pavilion for the reception, sun and shade alternated until rain fell. The rainbow that followed was an aesthetic point – a finishing touch courtesy of the cosmos.
Fred and I have reached an aesthetic point in our union – after raising Heinz and Ernesto and sending them on their way, we emptied the big house and moved to Denver to a one-bedroom e-partment where life is simplified.