Semper Ubi Sub Ubi #socs

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If it’s all the same to everyone, I’m not going to write about what happened twenty years ago, other than to say that next Wednesday, my cousin Genny and her husband Bob celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. It was a breath of fresh air for all of us.

Those of you who took Latin, whether under duress or not, will immediately recognize the title as the exhortation "Always wear underwear." I took Latin because my mother said it would help me with my English, which by that time I had spoken for over 14 years (at least the dialect spoken in Chicago).

I’m not sure I know where I’m going with this. I keep thinking of the old Connie Francis song, "Where The Boys Are," theme from the 1960 movie of the same name.

All for now…

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30 thoughts on “Semper Ubi Sub Ubi #socs

  1. I didn’t take latin, but can imagine how it might help with achievement tests/SATs, etc. Always enjoyed “Where the Boys Are.” What a voice! Everyone needs a breath of fresh air sometimes. Thanks for this one!

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  2. I like where you took us. The swells of Where The Boys Are along with Connie Francis’ voice is lovely. I vaguely remember missals written in Latin but thankfully the Latin course was optional by the time I got there. My older siblings were required to take Latin though. My mom always said it’d help with my English too. Something about knowing the origin of words was supposed to help.

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    1. Mom had a missal that had the Latin and the English translation side-by-side on the page. Remember the Masses in the late ’60’s, where part was in English and part in Latin? That was strange…

      The head of our high school classics department (who I had all three years and was a close friend) taught a class in word origins. English is a real mongrel of a language…

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      1. I have flashes of memory of that. At our church they usually only did the Latin during the noon high mass. We were early birds usually going to the 8:00 service.

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        1. We could never get out of the house that early. We went with Mom and Dad, which meant we didn’t go until noon, because they couldn’t get moving until 10 at the earliest. We’d try and get up early so we could have some breakfast and still make the three-hour fast before Communion, or it’d be 2 PM before we ate. One Sunday my brother nearly went into hypoglycemic shock because he tried to make it all morning without eating. Mom told him to have a banana and a glass of milk and that God would understand…

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          1. I remember that part too. Might also be part of the reason we usually went early. We’d be home and eating breakfast by 9:30. Sunday breakfast was the best, a change from cold cereal we had during the week.

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  3. Loved that song and the movie – Connie Francis, Yvette Mimieux, and Paula Prentiss (I most closely identified with Paula). Happy Anniversary to Genny and Bob – 20 years is definitely worth celebrating. I understand your blog choice today very well. I almost did the same.

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    1. I forgot to say Veni, Vidi, vici – puer is boy, puella is girl and the verb (I think) was always at the end of a sentence. Impressive, isn’t it?


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