On Marvelous things and resolutionsPosted: January 3, 2014
Many, many years ago, when I decided to start blogging –back then it was the latest “social craze”, way before Facebook and Twitter, but after BBS forums– I started this blog and called it “Blog of stupid things”, because after all, I’ve never had many ambitions about my writing skills or the merit of my thoughts, unlike many other bloggers I’ve seen back then (and even now). But one of the participants of the forum I was active at the moment commented on how unfortunate it would be to call a blog with such a self-defeating name. I thought about it and decided to include the “marvelous things” as a little inside joke, a reminder of a song that at the time I was listening to all the time.
The song is a Cuban bolero, “Tú me acostumbraste” (You got me used to) and the first “estrofa” goes like this (loose translation by me)
Tú me acostumbraste /you got me used to
a todas esas cosas, / all those things
y tú me enseñaste / and you taught me
que son maravillosas. / that they are marvelous.
If you want to listen to the song, there are many versions, but this is one is a more contemporary version by a Mexican pop singer of my youth days. Enjoy!
In Spanish, maravillosas can be translated into English with “Marvelous” and “Wonderful”. A “wonder” would be a “maravilla” in Spanish. “Alice in Wonderland”, in Spanish, becomes “Alicia en el país de las maravillas“. I’ve always been fascinated by Alice’s adventures, especially the illustrations by Tenniel.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to fill my blog with the intended marvelous things and rather, it’s been a place to rant about Flickr and what not. But this is a new year, a new life! Let’s fill it with marvelous things! I’ll start with this blog and my beloved Alice and her flamingo.