Thursday, March 15, 2012

Not Michaelangelo

But then, she isn't trying to be.

A little while back, i noted that i told Bigger Girl to go ahead and paint her room in any way she wanted. At the time, i noted that a gallon of paint later will be much cheaper than paying for therapy.

Now, she is painting the ceiling. That's fine, again, let them express themselves. She is not painting pictures, though, but words. In Latin.

She started with the standard "Cogito ergo sum," I think, therefore I am.

She continued with, "Si hoc signum potes, operis boni in rebus Latinis alacribus et frucluasis potiri potes!" If you can read this sign, you can get a good job in the fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin!

Then, "Credo quia absurdum," I believe it because it is absurd.

"Mellita, domi adsu!," Honey, I'm home!

"Vascere bracis meis!" Eat my shorts!

And finally (at least so far), "Non gradus anus roduntum!" Not worth a rat's a$$!

Makes me wonder at times, if i did too good a job fostering a sense of humor and weirdness in them.

Today is:

1848 Revolution Day -- Hungary

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day -- sponsored by Camp Fire, USA, on the anniversary of its founding; write a letter to a young person you know telling him/her what an absolutely incredible kid he/she is; also
Camp Fire Boys Day
Camp Fire Girls Day

Ag Day, Celebrating Our Bountiful Food Supply -- according to a foodie website

Brutus Day -- for obvious reasons; watch for backstabbers today, because they are as numerous now as they were in ancient Rome

Companies That Care Day -- national event that encourages employers to highlight and expand their employee and community initiatives, and recognize the people who make their companies successful

Constitution Day -- Belarus

Dumbstruck Day -- Fairy Calendar

Everything You Think is Wrong Day -- begun by someone who wants you to keep an open mind, apparently

Honen Matsuri -- Tagata-jinja Shrine, Inuyama, Japan (festival for a good harvest and fertility)

Ides of March -- Ancient Roman Calendar; other observances
Day Sacred to Anna Parenna and River Nymphs -- goddess of the returning year
Day You Don't Want to Go Out if Your Name is Julius Caesar
Festival of Attis and Cybele
Guild Festival -- for guilds practicing the arts of Minerva, with weapons purified at her temple on this day

International Day Against Police Brutality

Joseph Jenkins Roberts' Birthday -- Liberia

National Pears Helene with Chocolate Sauce and Brandy Day

Offerings to Ra, Osiris, Horus, Ptah, Sokar, and Atum -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Oranges and Lemons Day -- St Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2

St. Louise de Marillac's Day (Patron of orphans, social workers, widows)

True Confessions Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, because confession is good for the soul; if you are afraid to confess to the world, there's always your mirror

Turkey Buzzards Day -- Hinckley, Ohio, US (Two theories about why the turkey buzzards return on this date each year have to do with either witchcraft of a hunting story; festival in honor of them will be held this coming Sunday)

World Consumer Rights Day -- International

World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film -- International

Youth Day -- Palau

Anniversaries Today:

Maine becomes the 23rd US state, 1820
The University of Toronto is chartered, 1827

Birthdays Today:

Sean Biggerstaff, 1983
Eva Longoria, 1975
Fabio, 1961
Sly Stone, 1944
Phil Lesh, 1940
Judd Hirsch, 1935
Harry James, 1916
Joe E. Ross, 1914
Macdonald Carey, 1913
Samuel "Lightnin" Hopkins, 1912
Andrew Jackson, 1767

Today in History:

Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March, BC44
Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession to the Han Dynasty, 221
A Jew hating Monk in Seville, Spain stirs up people in that city to attack Jews, 1391
Christopher Columbus arrives back in Spain after his first trip to the New World, 1493
The first meeting of the Council of Trent, 1545
South Carolina becomes the first American colony to declare its independence from Great Britain and set up its own government, 1776
In an emotional speech in Newburgh, New York, George Washington asks his officers not to support the Newburgh Conspiracy; the plea is successful and the threatened coup d'état never takes place, 1783
A revolution breaks out in Hungary, and the Habsburg rulers are compelled to meet the demands of the Reform party, 1848
Jesse W. Reno patents an "inclined elevator" (escalator), 1892*
Rolls-Royce Limited is incorporated, 1906
Czar Nicholas II of Russia abdicates the Russian throne and his brother the Grand Duke becomes Tsar, 1917 registers the very first Internet domain name, 1985
Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first President of the Soviet Union, 1990
French President Jacques Chirac signs the law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, commonly known as the "headscarf ban", 2004

*The first actual working model, at Coney Island, was built four years later.


  1. WOW, Mimi
    I love me some Bigger Girl!!

  2. I love Bigger Girl's mind and warped sense of humour. "fast-paced, high-paying world of Latin!"

  3. Thanks, Carla and Leah. We think she's a keeper.;)

  4. I took Latin for eight years and couldn't find anyone to talk with, not even in the Vatican. Maybe your daughter will bring it back. Hebrew was once considered a dead language and look at it now.

  5. Stephen, she might at that. It would certainly be more useful than Esperanto as a "lingua Franca".

  6. I am reminded of Randy Pausch's last lecture, where he says "if your child wants to paint their bedroom, let them." I think your daughter has a rare and wonderful style.


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