This morning I signed on to Facebook and found that today is a former teacher’s birthday. I quickly wished him a “dogum günün kutlu olsun,” but I wanted to add a quote from Pepin the Short. I couldn’t find one. You see, Mr. D. was my history teacher in the 9th grade. He taught “World Cultures” and I hated history! (I wish I hadn’t because I love it now!) His class was like story-telling time, but I just couldn’t grasp it. “In one ear and out the other” my Pop would say.
I remember as I prepared for one of his exams, I decided I would memorize everything about Pepin the Short. Surely it would be on the test. It seemed to me that Mr. D. had a thing for Pepin the Short – likely because I paid attention the day he taught that. Much to my dismay, Charlemagne’s Pop was not on the exam. I proceeded to write Mr. D a note admitting that I knew none of the answers to his questions, but supplemented with a full Pepin history. He gave me something like a “D”. I truly think he would have given an “E” for effort if he could.
I don’t know why I hated history so much. I was in the top 10 of my class. I had near perfect scores in math, French, and Spanish. But not history. French and Spanish came naturally. In college I also studied German and continued with German classes as an adult.
Turkish, now that’s a different story. I admit I have not put much time or effort into learning Turkish. First I bought CDs and a book. I haven’t made it past chapter 2. Then I made flash cards. Well, writing them helped. But using them would be more beneficial. Next I received Rosetta Stone for a gift. It seems you actually have to use it to learn. Then I signed up for an intensive language course. I found myself pregnant in the middle of the first week and left after the second. I have books, movies, and a Turkish husband and family. But I just don’t do it.
I guess something my German uncle taught me comes into play, “Morgen, morgen nur nicht Heute, sagen alle faulen Leute.” Yep, I’m lazy. Someday I will master Turkish. But not today. Turkish seems to be more like history – coming at its own pace.
Since I didn’t find a good Pepin quote to add to Mr. D’s FB page for his birthday, I quoted Charlemagne instead. “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” So true. So true. Perhaps tomorrow . . .