A Deeper Meaning to
So, back to the word “welcome.” What catches my attention is that its first vowel is now an “e” … Why? It could be from the vowel changes occurring to relieve handwriting problems of misread scribe entries moving from Old to Middle English. But the only documented vowel change is “u” to “o” so that does not really answer it. My observation is that the implication of “my will” is removed.
ME to WE
So of the word “welcome,” I see it embrace the “we” at its very beginning. At its end, I see it command a responsibility upon the me. That sense of welcome, that sense of sharing, that sense of we … in the end, it depends upon “me.” It is the me in all of us that must flip to be a “w” of we, and enable welcome.
Though hardly a grammarian, I, being that I am, look at words with a different mindset. At times, I wonder where a word might have come from and what it really meant in days of origin. One such word that recently caught my attention is “welcome.” So I looked up its etymology.
Again okay, it makes sense; it was as “my will [pleasure] that one be my guest.” Yet, in the etymology of the word “come,” there is no reference to “guest.” Ironically, in personal usage, I will often singularly state “come” as meaning, “be with me.” Yet, I cannot find any such definitive referral to such usage. I have no clue where my usage came from.
And yet, I see in the word as currently written, a message that rings dear to my heart. We live in a world of me-me-me. Many times, I see people as Me-Me Birds; it exemplifies that trend in our humanity. My battle cry, as written in “Like the Fruit of the Vine…”* is, “What will it take to flip the “m” of me to the “w” of we?” And for me, there is little more precious than the oneness of “we.”
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Even in this very font, an artistic symbolization appears in the difference between an “m” and a “w.” In lowercase, the “m” is a sheltering design shaped to hold nothing that may pour forth upon it. In uppercase, it does form a vessel shape to receive deeply, but singularly. It is all about the “me,” the ego self. The contrasting “w” in lowercase and uppercase forms joined vessels shaped as one. Each side may fill to the brim and spill over into the other. It is a joined essence; a singular form of two parts as one; and in that, the “w” is open to share.
For me, such is my will, by command, and, my pleasure.
That there be we, can you uproot the feet of an “m?”
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