I wondered, again, why I chose such a difficult name for my blog. Magistra is Latin for (female) teacher; Mater means mother. I was telegraphing my bent toward classical home education. I was deep in my Latin Stage, in which I interrupted you whenever you used a word whose Latin root I had recently learned.
Me: “Attention literally means to stretch toward.”
You: (questioning stare) (pause)
You: “…well, I need to monitor their—“
Me: “Monitor literally means to warn.”
You: “…um, so I’ll just put in a video…”
Me: “I see.”
If I were to start a blog today, Nana Babe would be a better moniker. My grandsons call me Nana, my husband calls me Babe.
I could shorten it to N.B. which is also short for Nota Bene which, ahem, is (I blush to say) Latin for pay attention.
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