"The sawyers waited for the flood waters to abate."
Me: Gabe, what do you think abate means?
Gabe: Well, it flooded and they needed the waters to go away so they could drive in the Rain Forest. So they are waiting for the water to disappear. So...it must mean "go up into the clouds" because when water evaporates it goes back into the clouds so it can rain again... Or, maybe it means "to soak in," because some of the water soaks into the ground.... ORRRR, maybe it means "flow to the river," because in the Rain Forest the water flows downhill into the river....
Me: Right........... Well, actually abate means "to go down or recede."
This is my challenge. I love it.