My third semester French students have been working on mastering the prepositions used in French to tell where someone or something is, is going to, or is coming from. You former students of French probably remember what a challenge this is, especially if you are already weak in geography. In French the preposition that's used depends on the type of geographical location (city, country, island, etc.) and in certain cases the gender of that location (a masculine country vs a feminine country). Thus to say you were going to the following places, you would end up with à Paris, en Italie, au Pérou, and aux États-Unis. You can see the potential for frustration, especially if you can't even remember whether a place is a city or a country, let alone what gender it is! Since, along with the prepositions, we're working on the future tense, the title of the Dr. Seuss book seemed perfect.
This past week a reader sent me a little story loaded with puns. I've tweaked it slightly and added some ideas of my own. I hope you enjoy it.
Places to Go and Not to Go
I have visited many places in my life, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go there alone — you have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. I've often wished I could at least be in Visible. As much as I want to go, though, you'll probably never see me there. I would like to get to Conclusions, but to do so, you often have to jump — something I'm trying not to do much any more.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport — you have to be driven there. I've actually made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family, and work. I've also been in Doubt. It's a sad place to go, and I try not to be there too often. My wife tells me that on more than one occasion I have been in Considerate, in Appropriate, and in Attentive, but to tell you the truth, I didn't notice having gone there.
I know I've been in Flexible, but usually only when it was important to stand firm. I have occasionally been found in Capable, and I seem to go there more and more often as I age. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense. It really gets the adrenaline flowing and speeds up the old heart! I can tell you several places I hope I can avoid visiting — I really don't want to wind up are in Coherent or in Continent, but you never know where this journey called life will take you!
I look forward to my readers' comments, where I hope they'll add some of their own places to go and not to go, done in the style of this post.
"It is the easiest thing in the world for us to obey God when He commands us to do what we like, and to trust Him when the path is all sunshine. The real victory of faith is to trust God in the dark, and through the dark." — Theodore L. Cuyler
It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
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