November 5th, 2004

At St. John's

Here we are at St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., visiting our daughter, and what should happen but - my sister, who was helping to care for our pets while we were gone, called this morning with the bad news that Bobbie, Felicia's favorite cat, had died. She was an older cat, but had not seemed to be in distress. Oh well. What bad news to bring Felicia!

We sat in, silently, on 2 of Felicia's classes. I was impressed with the teachers, with the students, and I was particularly impressed with Felicia's growing knowledge of ancient Greek. amapola_t  had passed on the advice that Felicia should keep up with her Greek and Felicia has done so.

In the Greek class, they discussed a famous poem of Plato's.  Here is Shelley's translation:

To Stella

Thou wert the morning star among the living,
Ere thy fair light had fled;
Now, having died, thou art as Hesperus, giving
New splendor to the dead.

Really the original poem was to a guy.  Shelley feminized the subject.  "Ere" just means "before."  Hesperus is a traditional name for the evening star.  Oddly enough, our surviving cat's name is Stella.

Rhyme of the Day, for Bobbie:

For us, she was perfectly purry,
But from strangers she would scurry,
And she ran a little funny,
Almost like she was a bunny.

I'm sad my furry friend
Has met her end.