Friday, May 23, 2008

Have you heard of the Expression . . .

Did you ever think that some of the expressions that we use today may have originated centuries ago way before we were ever born?

I've been skimming through a guidebook on the history of Spain and have been learning a lot about this country's rich diversity. For example, I read that in the town of Toledo (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), there is a mix of Christian, Jewish and Moorish influences. It is said that this historic city is packed with a diverse and unique number of religious sites making it a very "Holy City" and so goes the speculation for the origins of the expression "Holy Toledo"!

I thought this was an interesting and cute speculation and more importantly in an odd kind of way it really put Toledo on my radar as a possible day trip from Madrid in my travel plans to Spain.

So I wonder? 10,000 years from now, do you suppose that people will speculate about how some of their expressions may have originated? If they traced them back to our present day generation, what do you suppose it will reveal and say about us?

I hope it will reveal our strengths as well as our weaknesses. I hope that it will reveal that when things are at it's worst, we somehow pull together and that is when we are at our best. I hope that it will reveal that even despite our flaws we try to learn from our mistakes and make the best of things for the future . . . I hope that is what it will reveal and say about us!

In remembrance to those who gave so much, I want to wish everyone a fun, happy and safe Memorial Weekend!


  1. Great post! And I had no idea that expression referred to Toledo, Spain - I thought it was about Toledo, Ohio (duh!).

    And Kathy, I love your optimistic outlook on things! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

  2. Kathy (Trekcapri)May 23, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Hi Annie, you're right too. I learned that there are actually several theories on how the expression started. One is about Toledo Spain and yes there is one involving Toledo Ohio.

    Thanks for your comments, I also have my negative days too, but I always prefer being more positive. It's a lot more fun! :)

  3. Kathy (Trekcapri)May 23, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Oops, Annie, I forgot to wish you a Happy Memorial Day Weekend too! I've been really enjoying your updates on precious little Maria and Lulu! I really liked your latest post about Lulu's progress.

  4. Cool post, Kathy. My mom had the great fortune to spend a day in Toledo over the Easter weekend this year and saw an incredible Easter procession. (If you are interested in reading about 15th century Toledo, you might enjoy the novel "The Spanish Doctor" by Matt Cohen.)

  5. Kathy (Trekcapri)May 23, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Hi Anne, how wonderful that your mom was able to spend a day in Toledo over Easter Weekend. That must have been a great experience for her. Very cool! I would love to read more about the town, so I will definitely get the book and read it before my trip.

    Thank you so much for the recommendation.

    P.s. I read on Annie's blog that you're getting a new kitten too. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more about your new addition. I'm so envious.

    Have a nice weekend!

  6. Holy Toledo! I passed by Toledo on the way from La Mancha to Madrid almost 30 years ago and wanted to take a look at the museum of El Greco. I hope you get to visit as the city has so much to offer.

    Wishing you a great Memorial weekend!

  7. Kathy (Trekcapri)May 24, 2008 at 6:32 AM

    Hi Maria, I will definitely put the El Greco Museum on my must see list. I love looking at great art. Thank you so much for the recommendation.

    Holy Toledo, here I come!

    Have a great Memorial weekend too!


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