The Bookless Club

Words to live by

This week’s Bookless Club’s questions:

Do you have special words that you live by?

If you were to design your own family coat of arms, what would be on it?

What informed your choices for the names you gave your kids?

If you could choose a different name for yourself, what would it be and why?

Here’s the link to Jane’s column: Words to live by (or at least to have translated into Latin).

And here’s my response:

My dad had the strongest faith of anyone I knew. He liked to repeat a Latin phrase, taken from St.Paul, especially when the family was freaking out about something or other. Omnia in bonum. It’s a reminder that everything works together for the good of those who love God.

After his death earlier this year, my mom and my sister and I chose a headstone for his grave. Just a simple block of dark granite, etched with three words. You guessed it—omnia in bonum. Until now, I never really thought of pinning down any specific words to live by. I like to think this phrase will go down through the generations as our family motto. Maybe it could even go on the family crest, if anyone ever gets around to designing one.

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