MMM3 Week 2 Progress: Steadily Farther and Slightly Further

By July 13, 2009 language No Comments

Steady is the way I would describe my MMM3 progress this week.

I have made progress . . . in inches perhaps, but progress nonetheless. As Bebo sings in “Where Angels Sleep”: “I’m no farther forward, just farther along . . .” [An aside: I would rather the song used a variation between farther (distance and time) and further (extent of maturity)—please tell me, my fellow word nerds, that you get this?]

My goals for MMM3 are one poem, one chapter of Scripture, and reviewing French vocabulary. Here’s how far I’ve gotten:

I’ve tested myself on the “Forgotten Language” poem by Shel Silverstein. I had just one mistake, substituting “a” for “the” at the end of the first verse:

Once I spoke the language of the flowers,
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said,
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the starlings,
And shared a conversation with a the housefly in my bed.

Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets,
And joined the crying of each falling dying flake of snow,
Once I spoke the language of flowers. . . .
How did it go?
How did it go?

Using the first-letter prompts for Colossians chapter 1, I can repeat verse 1 through the first part of verse 5, with no errors! But then I hit the wall. Here’s my memory test:

(1) Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
(2) To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossea: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.
(3) We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
(4) since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love you have for all the saints;
(5) because of the hope laid up for you in heaven [???]

As for my French vocabulary, I’ve left my dear blogging friends hanging after I promised last week to give the story behind this MMM3 selection (my apologies for the certain sleep deprivation you all must be enduring as you await my explanation!). This MMM3 goal was rather vague, certainly not following the SMART criteria for goal setting (Smart.Measurable.Action-oriented.Realistic.Time-based) that we spoke so much of in grad school. Let me be more specific: What I’ve decided to do is commit to two reviews a week on a French vocabulary site, refreshing my memory and tuning my ear once again to the French accent. My first lesson this week was such fun! And I do plan to give the background on this goal soon. (Sadly, the story is not nearly as interesting as the build-up I’ve created due to my tardiness . . .)

Yes, I’m farther forward, but not much further along. As long as the Lord goes with me, I’m OK with that.

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