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Meaning & Interpretation

Tuesday, August 09, 2022 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Dog days of summer?

What does it mean?

It's the question she always seemed to be asking--maybe because it's the question I am always asking so I interpret her inquisitive look with my own question? the question we all have asked forever, right?!

For whatever reason, I was wondering what the Dog Days of Summer means this week. Probably delirium from the perpetual heat! 

It's never been a pressing question for me--I've always associated it with baseball, something I spend very little time thinking about, sorry America's Pastime devotees!--Boys of Summer : Dog Days of Summer--> same : same.

BUT they're not!

(I know you knew that, but go with me)

Since I woke a-wondering, I looked it up (we do live in magical times!) and found the reliable National Geographic explanation:

For many, the “dog days,” evoke those summer days that are so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, panting. But originally, the phrase had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, the dog days refer to Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which means “big dog” in Latin and is said to represent one of Orion’s hunting dogs.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the time Sirius appears to rise alongside the sun, in late July in the Northern Hemisphere. They believed the heat from the two stars combined is what made these days the hottest of the year, a period that could bring fever or even catastrophe

Humans are awesome! We love a good story, and if the world doesn't give one to us, we'll make one up for ourselves! 

What is the meaning? What is our interpretation? Why does it matter? How can you ask?!! How can it NOT matter?

(Yes, it is noisy in here! Isn't it also in there?-->"here" = my head; "there" = your head)

What are you thinking about? What are you interpreting? What are you giving meaning to for yourself? for others?

             

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