"Xi," The Child mumbled softly, "Xi."
"What did you say, Child?" The Prophet asked.
"Xi, Prophet. I don't understand Xi in the Greek language."
"You will continually be amazed at what you don't understand, Child."
"Well, do you know if X is called Xi in Greek, Prophet."
"Were you also aware xi is the fourteenth letter in the Greek alphabet?"
"No, I wasn't, Prophet."
"Child, what is the first letter in the Greek alphabet?"
"It's Alpha, Prophet, but what has that to do with xi?"
"Xi has to do with the Phoenician letter samekh."
"Is it the same as x, Prophet?"
"No, Child. X in Greek is chi, and xi is not x."
"This is so confusing."
"Child, language is confusing," The Prophet said.
The Child laughed. "Prophet, nothing confuses you. Even now, you know much more than you're telling me."
"What is the last letter of the Greek alphabet?" The Prophet asked.
"I'm not sure, but I believe it is Omega."
"Correct. Now would you like me to tell you the story of how the xi gets confused with the consonant x?"
"Oh yes, Prophet, and while you're telling me that story, please tell me why Alpha is the beginning, and Omega is the end."
"Get comfortable on your lily pad, Child, because you've asked for the mountain again," The Prophet said, and he chuckled at her curiosity.
The Child stretched herself out on the lily pad which floated on the ocean, and Mr. Whale alongside them and the Prophet began, "Once upon a time, there were Phoenicians who…"
This is an interesting post as I'm learning more about the Greek alphabet than I knew. I'm getting a kick about the stories of your little girl and the Prophet. Thanks!ReplyDelete
I too am learning more and more about Greek and Latin. The languages, even though considered by many as old fashioned, are outstanding.
And so it goes.... Very clever, Patricia. Erudite.ReplyDelete
My Dear Samantha,Delete
Thank you for the praised. I like the way you expressed it. Erudite.
Well, this is an amazing use of X Patricia thank you. Another mountain, even when one thinks the highest has been climbed. Thank you for this lovely post.ReplyDelete
Garden of Eden Blog
My Dear Susan,Delete
Thank you for coming by. I am happy that you enjoyed it.
That's right take us along on the learning curve then leave us hanging at the end. Another great conversation between the child and the prophet Patti. Are you going to publish this series as a book?ReplyDelete
My Dear Laurie,Delete
Thank you for the praise. I am happy you enjoyed the conversation between The Child and The Prophet.
In regards to your question about publishing, well as soon as my agent says okay, and has a contract in the hand, they will be published. He's still putting me in the right position so that I am ready for what comes my way.