On the forehead

On the forehead:

I have learned and read a lot of historical and literary data over the years being married to my wife and I am better for it. One just cannot go wrong learning viable history and literature. It gives me some fantastic material to work with and that is just in the sphere of history. So, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter comes to mind when I think of the letter “A.” This letter could be used for an incalculable amount of words, but we will keep it simple and will not use expletives. You know what word comes to mind…. We will use two simple scenarios here for the letter “A.” The first one is from my childhood – one of the few times when I was encouraged not to be afraid to be in school or to learn something in school. (Yes, education was not a priority while growing up.) The letter “A” represents the first letter of the first 19 words of the list of prepositions. Who would figure so many A’s would be in that list? Needless to say, I remember that teacher and that preposition lesson.

To return to Hawthorne for the second example, we have a woman chastised for adultery, made to wear a large letter “A” for all too see, and put on display for the masses. Now, this most likely would not have been a punishment for a man during late 17th and 18th centuries, but let’s fast forward to the 21st century. That changes things up a bit now, doesn’t it? How many women out there would love to see their significant other treated in a manner similar to Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter?

So, recently, I have come across several Facebook memes with users referencing the letter “A,” and actually wearing the letter “A”…. While skimming through the nonsense, I did wonder whether these individuals had stopped to consider the historic and literary references to the letter “A”…. After all, these memes prompted this blog post, and, more importantly, the significance of stopping to think before acting (or speaking)….

See you in the next post!


Author: The Ordinary Compass

Hello and welcome to this collection of anecdotes from my years of ordinary moments and timeless memories. I try to share a positive message, as well as lessons learned which have helped me appreciate life. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple (positive) gesture. I write in the hope that I can make a difference and you as the reader will also see the possibilities that surround you, and as well that the little things do make a big difference. I’m originally from New Jersey, have traveled and lived on both the east and west coasts, and have happily been a Virginia resident for more than ten years. I have been married for over ten years; my wife is my anchor and has kept my compass correct. I have always been an individual who likes the outdoors. I like taking my time to think about the outcomes of situations. I enjoy philosophy and love science. I am no stranger to high adrenaline activities and love everything that revolves around water. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to comment, re-blog (with credit), or just read along! –Robert Konz. The Ordinary Compass: Original photographs and writings are the copyright and property of Robert Konz, and may not be used without permission.

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