On this day Thirty Two years ago in Northern Virginia the Wisteria Bloom had been and gone. "OMG! What an incredible memory you have!" I hear the call. "Well, thank you," I humbly reply. At the same time it is the case that a few moments stick, most do not and yet others just kind of float around looking for somewhere useful to cause trouble. Sadly, I am one who remembers, often with clarity, the least important of moments. So it's kind of dull to go on about the difference between a torch and a flashlight, a sidewalk and a pavement, a socialist and Stalin, or to even suggest that not even the Romans knew what Rome was, rather they knew what they wanted it to be. I have no evidence of course, but strongly suspect that not every Roman thought it a fine entertainment to toss the more virulent Christian to a hungry Lion, and entirely possible that not all Romans knew how many Senatorial Provinces there were, or what the difference was between a Senatorial Province and an Imperial Province.
Unlike being pompous, some things never belong to instinct. The eight times
table is a good example, the difference between a nickel and a dime is a better
example, and yet I do remember, maybe forty five years ago, an urchin aboard an
endless Greek Ferry trying to persuade me that the larger ten lepta coin was
worth more than the smaller twenty five lepta coin. I lacked his guile and
entrepreneurial cunning, but the difference between the Hindu-friendly 10 and 25
marked on the respective coins was so much Dutch to him. On that same ferry were
two back-packing United States Boys, who moaned like hell when at our
destination there was a long walk to a waiting taxi. My Greek Urchin friend knew
the short cut and wanted to introduce my bus-fare to his sister, never been sure
why. Oddly enough in the past thirty two years I have been asked on more than
one occasion, "Do you have Television in England?" Nor has assimilating into
anyone's Roman Mould/Mold ever been comfortable. On the bright side, more
recently I have learned when referencing vehicle tires to emphasize "Tar," which
in my view is satisfactory progress.