The text from Gloria read “Had a rush trip by train (to Melbourne), this morning with Karen. Left at 8am back on the 11:17am, she is going to China and had to get a copy of her Marriage certificate and a visa.” I responded, “Wow! We will have something to talk about when we meet. I will look forward to hearing all the Goss.” It wasn’t actually Gossip, just some great, good news that I had no inkling of previously. I think we say Goss because we want to hear all the ins and outs of the situation. We were meeting up in a couple of day’s time so I looked forward to hearing all about it.
Every year Gloria gives me a friendship calendar. The March 2018 verse reads ‘Friendship is a cosy shelter from life’s rainy days.’ How true that is. Especially in Ballarat which is universally reputed to have inclement weather. I have such lovely memories of sitting cosily with my friend sharing a coffee and a chat while the rain poured down outside. By the way, since coming to live in Melbourne I have coined a phrase when someone is reticent about going out in the rain. I laugh and say, “We come from Ballarat; we don’t dissolve in the rain”.
Thinking back about the China news I realize there is a bonding that takes place when we share our good news and talk about the people who mean so much to us. It only becomes a problem when we start sharing the sort of information that is no business of ours at all. I’m so blessed that none of my coffee friends are into talking about other people.
Did you know the word Gossip was originally Godsibb? From God + sib “relative” (see sibling) it was extended in the mid 14th century to mean any familiar acquaintance. From there it went on to describe anyone engaging in familiar or idle talk. By the 1600s it had become a verb also, meaning ‘to talk idly about the affairs of others’. It was all downhill from there.
Many years ago we used to sing a chorus straight from the Psalms, some of the lyrics were. ‘Let the words of my mouth and the Meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight Oh Lord!’
The living bible actually says; ‘May my spoken words and my unspoken thoughts be pleasing unto you, O Lord my rock and my redeemer.’ Psalm 19:14.
I like the concept that God might find our words pleasing. May it always be so.
Having coffee with Gloria (right) in the Begonia House – Ballarat Botanical Gardens