Monday, August 3, 2009

Gratitude Journal #8

Today, I am grateful for old books, new pens, clean sheets of paper, and The Condensed Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, which comes with its own magnifying glass so I can look up things like the origin of the word blithe and discover it's an Old English word first found in the poem Elene and other works by Caedmon in a manuscript written around 1000 AD. I knew I liked the seventh-century monk, but seriously, he deserves his sainthood for this one word alone. I've not read Elene yet but will look it up today in a modern English translation because, sadly, my Old English is a bit rusty.

What are you grateful for today?

Edited: Turns out Caedmon didn't write Elene at all. It was written by the Anglo-Saxon poet Cynewulf, about whom very little is known. Sorry for the error above!


  1. Today I sit here feeling sore, somewhat tired and a bit hoarse, but grateful to God for the strength of my husband's hand in mine, the softness of my daughter's soothing touch, and one of the loveliest phrases to hear after surgery: "preliminary results are benign."

  2. Oh, my! Sharon, what a wonderful thing to be grateful for.


  3. What a wonderful idea for a blog post! I've completely gotten out of the habit of writing down what I'm grateful for. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I hope you'll come by again!


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