Post # 1
Hi Bees! Yes, fingerprinting has something to do with this — here’s the story: I’m stuck between two ring engraving ideas, and I need your help!
1) FI and I think that one of the most romantic stories of all time is Ovid’s “Baucis and Philemon.” In short, Zeus grants the couple one wish, which is, that when they’re old and about to die, they might die at the same hour. Zeus grants their wish, and Baucis and Philemon became two intertwining trees. One of our ceremony readings is my translation of this story from its original Latin.
Based off of this story, I’m thinking of getting something such as, “I’m your tree and you’re mine,” or, “two trees from a double trunk,” or something tree-y that’s not, umm, weird. Suggestions??
2) My other idea is to get the inside of FI’s ring engraved with my fingerprint. Then, in my vows, I’ll tell him that wherever he goes, I’m with him.
What do you think, Bees? I need your help!
Post # 3
@aekc: I love Baucis and Philemon! What about the line, “Neighboring trunks from twin bodies.” Or the last line, “cura deum di sint, et, qui coluere, colantur.” Or even just “My metamorphosis.” I love the idea. So much more than a fingerprint.
Post # 4
@HonoraryNerd: OH MY GOSH, ANOTHER CLASSICIST!! Should have known from the nickname. 🙂 I’m so glad you love this idea. Since my fiance doesn’t know Latin, I would get the line engraved in English. I like the idea of using a full line — “neighboring trunks from twin bodies” has just taken over the #1 spot!
For anyone who’s interested, here’s the story with the Latin and English side to side: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Baucis_and_Philemon_(Wikisource).
Here’s a more brief explanation of the story: http://www.madelinemiller.com/myth-of-the-week-baucis-and-philemon/.
Post # 5
@aekc: I studied Latin all through high school and keep up with it as a hobby now. I would have majored in it if I hadn’t gone to music instead. I love it! I would have suggested the line in English, but I feel it loses a little in translation. I really like the neighboring trunks one, though. I think it’s a beautiful sentiment.
Post # 6
@HonoraryNerd: agree with her! Pick a short phrase from the actual story 🙂 no fingerprints 🙂
Post # 7
I like the fingerprint idea.
Post # 8
I like the fingerprint idea! the story is sweet, but a finger print is unique to only you and is giving him a piece of you to have with him.