Serving-bowl Face

Daphne: An exemplar for, “Be careful what you wish for.” Or, maybe, “Be precise in what you ask for.”

You remember Daphne. (I remembered Daphne as Diana. [Sorry, ma’am, I won’t make that mistake again, at least not until the next time.]) Anyway, she (Daphne, not Diana) was the one who prayed to Zeus to protect her from Apollo’s advances and got turned into a laurel for her efforts which was, I suspect, not precisely how she envisioned it playing out. If Zeus’s transformative activity were a curling shot, I’d be hard-pressed to score it any higher than one out of four. Apparently it didn’t occur to Zeus to fix the problem at source.

Why was I thinking of either goddess, or one goddess by either name? Because I opened a cupboard door, and there she was: Diana. Daphne. Who-ever.

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7 Responses to Serving-bowl Face

  1. Mary Gibson says:

    Myths. Fantastical history written by men. Not that I’m bitter. Nope. Not me….

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    Brittanica equates the name Daphne with the Greek word for Laurel. Until you wrote, it would never have occurred to me to check the origins.

    Now, I have a daphne bush growing outside my front door, but it doesn’t look anything like a laurel.Who got what wrong?

    Jim T

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim T – “Who got it wrong?” I don’t know. Maybe the same folks who called a huge North American thrush with a red breast a “robin,” using the same name as a delicate and petite songbird in Great Britain. Birders there are still annoyed, a few hundred years later.

  3. barbara carlson says:

    If not Diana or Daphne, who were you expecting?

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Strictly speaking, no one. Maybe it’s like that ad for CapitalOne: Who’s in your cupboard?

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