The sun has set
April 6, 2011 § 7 Comments
“The next little country might be so close
the people could hear cocks crowing
and dogs barking there,
but they’d get old and die
without ever having been there.”
Tao Te Ching, verse 80
Karenne’s was the first blog I started reading, and there are many of us who can only aspire to her spirit of inclusion and energy. It was a proud moment for me when Language Garden made it onto her blogroll.
There are, we now know, only 81 verses in the Tao. The verse I chose to make into the language plant above was one of Diarmuid’s recent favourites. To his country, I am very glad I went. It was a lovely experience. In fact, it was Diarmuid Tzu who engaged me enough to write my first story, about my experience learning Luo in Kenya, and I am immensely grateful for the inspiration.
Both have been kind enough to comment and reply to me often, and I have greatly appreciated this. To date I have met neither in person, but I imagine this will soon be rectified at IATEFL next week.
So thank you both for entertaining and enlightening me, and thousands of others, and I wish you a happy retirement. I’ll finish with the first verse of Karenne’s historical epic:
“I’m going to take you on a journey through time
from the shores of Friesland
to Norway, Normandy and Ireland.
Raiding Latin, Greek and French
adding new words from new worlds
I’m going to take you on a journey through history
to tell you the story
of our global language.”