ILLIGITIMI (SNOW) NON CARBORUNDUM

Happy Day!

Happy Day!

Marcia Made

Marcia Made

Don’t let the “turkeys” (or other name for a bad person) get you down…or the snow! Cheer up and put on that hat Mom wore back in her skiing days and the sweater she knit (that had coordinating stretch pants) and get yourself together! Go out there and enjoy the brisk! Marvel at the white! Send happy thoughts to your garlic under all that snow! What another GREAT day!

Anyway….

Dad would often share the mock-Latin phrase “Illigitimi Non Carborundum” at the end of many of our phone calls – weekly check-ins on Sundays when I was at away college, the call to let him know I arrived safely at my destination or a call to share some kind of celebration or crisis 🙂

The phrase emerged around WWII attributed to a British army intelligence officer and later made popular by 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater.

I can recall my dad telling me that Carborundum, was a brand name for silicon carbide, an industrial abrasive. He loved to uncover meanings behind things, asked great questions and had a general inquiry mindset.  I have inherited those gifts….

Don’t let the (big blue meanies) GRIND you down…it helped me through a lot of difficult situations. Thanks Dad…

Now there are only 29 days until Spring – we are really earning it this year so enjoy every snowflake and icicle, remain grateful for what you have and wear a fun hat!

Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin

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2 thoughts on “ILLIGITIMI (SNOW) NON CARBORUNDUM

  1. Yes indeed your Dad had an inquiring mind that went so well with his sense of humor.

    Nothing New wrote:

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