I had a horrendous headache last night, and as it happens during those headaches, my thinking slowed down and certain connections became crystal-clear. I am much better now, so let me record one of my headache-induced insights before it completely slips back into the fog.
I often fail to finish my sentences, which drives certain people crazy. The fragments range from “maybe we should…” to a mere “but…” My thought processes continue though, and sometimes I’ll blurb out a later chunk that makes perfect sense to me but baffles my audiences. Now, if someone patiently asks me what lies behind my verbalized fragments, s/he is usually rewarded with a lucid explication thereof, after which a delightful discussion may commence.
It became vividly clear to me last night that my students could be similarly baffled when they attempt to read Latin and Greek without knowing the words or the grammar. And because they feel compelled to come up with a translation, the results are similar to my own translation here.
So – was that an accurate (albeit rapid) depiction of what happens to you, or am I still plagued by Headache?