Jan here, introducing you to a new, temporary feature here at the café. Our GAL Julie is taking a short leave from her duties, so the rest of us are jumping in to cover for her.
So, why Serendipitous Saturday?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines serendipitous as, “Occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.”
I don’t know about you, but that strikes me as rather Wind in the Willows-ish.
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Remember that morning when Mole was spring cleaning? He suddenly couldn’t stand the same old routine any longer. He wanted Adventure in the Worst Way. And what was his meeting with the Water Rat, if it wasn’t Serendipitous?
The OED goes on to say that the origin of the word “serendipity” is from 1754. It was coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
In my research and in my daily life I’m always making discoveries of things I wasn’t in quest of. Another term for it is “stumble upon.” Just in the last two days I’ve stumbled upon information on how to prune an apple tree, or how much it cost to homestead 160 acres of the South Dakota prairie in 1877, or the words to a hymn written by Bernard of Marlais in the 12th century, or the history of the Morgan horse.
(Now that last one I already knew. But it was fun to remember the year my children and I read “Justin Morgan Had a Horse” by Marguerite Henry.)
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The great thing about these serendipitous discoveries is that they lead to bigger things, like books. Or whole series of books. Authors quite often form an entire story from one overheard comment in the grocery store, or observing one parent and his child (right, Missy?).
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I hope you continue to make your Saturday visits to the café. The coffee pot is always on, and we’ll have a snack to share as we chat about this week’s Serendipitous discovery.
What will next week’s post be about? Your guess is as good as ours. J