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Magical Moments: Latin in the Car

Latin inscription in the Amphitheatre at Pompeii

{photo by Roger Smith, source}

Today we have a Latin magical moment from the Peterson family: Margie and Ken Peterson are a Track A family in their 5th year at SLOCA, with kids Jake (UMS), Josh (LMS) and Sandy (Int). Here’s a brief but fun and meaningful moment that Margie sent in:

While in the car the other day, we heard the current pop song by Bastille, “Pompeii.”  I deciphered the line in the lyrics that says, “How am I going to be an optimist about this?” I was ruminating out loud on that line and how cool I thought it was.  Then one of my boys asked what an optimist was. So I went on to try to explain an optimist versus a pessimist (and admitted that I can fall on the pessimist side more than I would like…). Suddenly, my eight-year-old intermediate daughter says, “That makes sense!  Because the Latin word optimus means good, and pessimus mean bad!”  Thank you SLOCA and Ms. Paquette!

And thanks for sharing, Margie – we love hearing about those moments when connections are being made!

If you have a magical moment you’d like to share on the blog, please email it to Down Home. It’s a great way to encourage others in our community! 

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