I wonder when string tied around a finger began symbolizing a need to remember something. Maybe it started way back in Egyptian times when some queen took a piece of papyrus and tied it around her little finger as an ornament. Some scribe happened to see her and PING!…
…The light in his head went off, and he suddenly remembered that he had forgotten to take the papyrus pulp out of the water where it was soaking to make parchment for the pharaoh.
He ran back to the Nile and pulled his precious pulp out of the water, just in time! Whew! If he had waited a moment longer, the pharoah’s parchment would have been eaten by a crocodile.
Thankful to the queen’s finger ornament for reminding him of his most noble task, the scribe began to wear a papyrus string around his own finger to remind him not to forget his soaking papyrus. Ever since, string around the finger has become the universal symbol to not forget. This tradition has been passed on from one generation to the next…all because of one vain queen and a forgetful scribe.
This story reminds me of a few awards I can’t forget to acknowledge. In August, I was tagged with two awards: the Liebster Award by Judy at Grandmothermusing and the Sunshine Award from Milka at PerfectingMotherhood. Thanks to both of these bloggers for thinking of me. Check out their sites; I enjoy reading their posts and commenting on their blogs each week.
For both of these awards, there were questions to answer. In order to keep this post from being too lengthy, I combined a few questions from each award instead of doing all of them. Ready…set…go!
- Name a book you would read over and over again? The Scarlet Pimpernel
- What is my favorite Christmas Movie? The Grinch.
- What is your favorite flower? Irises
- Where is your favorite vacation spot? Kauai
- What chore do you absolutely hate doing? Cleaning the bathroom
- What personality traits do you dislike in other people? Rudeness
- What is your least favorite mode of transportation? Skateboard.
- What is your favorite beverage? Chocolate Milk
- What is your favorite time of year? Spring. It’s when my irises bloom.
- What is your passion? Writing
- What movie do you flat-out refuse to watch, no matter how good people say it is? Scary ones
- What is your favorite physical activity? Hiking
Yea! I got all the answers correct! I love tests like these. And now…I get to take a string off my finger. Two down…one more to go.
My next award I can’t forget was given to me by Justin O’Leary at Write21. He’s an Aussie writer that has been a very supportive blogging friend. He gave me the Creative Writer Blogging Award. Whoohoo! I don’t think I’ve received this one before. This award is meant to be given to those who share their creativity through writing stories, poems, and themselves through their writing.
The rules are: 1) give to someone who has written a poem, a story, scripts, or some other creative writing for their blog, 2) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to them, 3) write an 8 line poem about yourself, and 4) Nominate other bloggers and link to them.
Hold your breath…here’s my poem.
I like to write. Why is that so?
I’d tell you if you needed to know;
But since you don’t, this should suffice:
I write because I can’t roll dice.
Why, you may ask, am I dice deficient
I’d tell you, but that would be inefficient,
Just know that dice and me don’t get along
But paper and keyboards don’t do me wrong.
How’s that for a poem whipped off the top of my head. I feel like Dr. Suess, except much inferior. Now for my nominees.
Leibster Award = Author Christy Farmer
Sunshine Award = Betty’s travels to different countries on Heifer12x12
Ah! My fingers are free from that binding string that kept niggling my memory. Now I have nothing to remember…not even papyrus soaking in the Nile.