Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’m sharing my thoughts and reflections on a lexicon (vocabulary specific to a certain subject) of unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me words. Ludic is defined as “playful, in an aimless way” and that’s my plan for approaching this challenge – keeping my feet on the joy trail and meandering wherever the daily word takes me.
G is for…
gökotta – (zho-‘kOt-tah) Swedish word meaning rising at dawn to listen to the birds sing.
I suppose some people will find the idea annoying, but it delights me. It just so happens that there are birds nesting next door, near my bedroom window. They’ve very cleverly constructed their home wedged between the wall of the neighbor’s house and the gutter’s downspout. Their very cheery chirping has been waking me every morning before dawn.
I’ve always enjoyed the poetry of Lisel Mueller. Here are a few lines from her poem Why I Need the Birds.
Incidentally, April 8, is “Draw a Bird Day.” You can read more about it here. In honor of the day, I’m happy to share a bird drawing. And I’m definitely patting myself on the back for managing a bird-related word to share today.
Did you know that one of the obscure definitions of valentine is mating birds singing to one another?
Chirping birds led my mind to wonder about the origins of the term bluebirds of happiness. Some surface research didn’t really provide much clarity, although it is a symbol many cultures have used. The earliest known reference is from 1700 BCE in ancient China where a blue bird was the messenger for the goddess Xi Wangmu. The Navajo people identify the mountain bluebird as a spirit in animal form, associated with the rising sun. Their “Bluebird Song” is sung to remind tribal members to wake at dawn and rise to greet the sun.
So tell me, do you rise at dawn to listen to the birds or to greet the sun? Have a favorite bird? Prepared to draw a bird for today? Do tell – you know I love to hear.