Grammar tip #6


This photo was taken along a road on August 4, 2015 in Connecticut. It was taken at the end of a long day after a dance workshop there. At this time, I was in the process of trying to change the course of my life by trying to have a kid. I was between my first and second miscarriages, ahead of my failed in vitro fertilization treatment, and six months away from becoming pregnant naturally.

A little over a year after this photo was taken, on November 9, 2016, my son, Kaden, was born. Now, he's three. I just noticed that there are three sunflowers in this photograph. Cool. These beauties called to me as I drove by them (and others in their field) and they said, "Photograph me!" Here's my grammar/life message for today. In your journey, look and stop for the metaphorical sunflowers. Bask in the good light. Find ways to enjoy the path. And to help you see what is easy to overlook, ask lots of questions. Why is Connecticut so hard to spell and what does this word mean? I just spent some time finding out the why and what. The spelling of Connecticut is the result of a European interpretation of the Mahican/Mohican word "quinnitukqut" meaning “at the long tidal river.” From Wikionary: *kwen- (“long”) + *-ehtekw (“tidal river”) + *-enk (“place”).

And because I get pulled in further and further once I begin to look for information, I learned this: The Mahicans were an Eastern Algonquian Indian tribe in the New England area. The book The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper incorrectly combines the details of two or maybe three tribes that lived in the New England area, not just the Mahicans/Mohicans (these words seems interchangeable for describing one tribe). My source of information and where you can find out much more is here: http://www.native-languages.org/mohicans_words.htm.

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