It’s a new world when Pope tweets | Dennis Box

Pope Benedict XVI retired and the postmodern world of goofiness was given an unusual gift.

Pope Benedict XVI retired and the postmodern world of goofiness was given an unusual gift.

The Pope (or one of his aides, I suspect) twitted in Latin while he was cruising to his very cool villa in a helicopter.

I watched the coverage partly because I enjoy the merging of ritual and ceremony dating back to late antiquity and medieval times and today’s world of TV and Twitter.

When the Pope issued a Twitter message in Latin it made my day. Latin is the coolest sounding language to my ear for some reason. I remember hearing the mass in Latin with my aunt and grandma who were Polish  Catholics.

My Aunt Nell lived in Seattle and I recall going to a large, gray, stone structure somewhere in a Dante place hearing lots of Latin. For some reason all I remember of the mass is the stone structure and Latin.

I know some folks are offended by the ritual, but I love it. I love the rhythm of Latin and I guess it reminds me of Aunt Nell and Grandma.

It is interesting how memories work as we get older. I remember Aunt Nell when I hear a Catholic Latin. She drove a 1955 Buick Century. It was something of a luxury car for her and Uncle Elmer. After Uncle Elmer died she moved to Enumclaw near my grandma, her sister, in the new development in town, Clovercrest. I can see her driving that two-tone green Buick with automatic cruise control as clearly today as when I was 10.  She had a little white statue of Jesus on the dash. That was very cool car.

My other memory of Aunt Nell was her cooking. All the Polish women I knew, including Grandma, where gifted cooks. Aunt Nell was considered to also be fancy.

She made me a cake for my birthday once that was green and in the shape of an elephant. I don’t remember how it tasted. I think my brothers probably ate all of it before I could get to it – a problem that comes with being the youngest. (Of course now we are getting old and I am still the youngest, but they look better than I do – how is that fair?)

I don’t remember how it tasted, but I see it right now on that platter with coconut sprinkles and green frosting.

Amazing what a Latin Tweet can bring back.

Imagine what Charlemagne could have done with Twitter. We would probably be part of the Holy Roman Empire today.

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