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Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
TITLE: Gerber or Jerber?
By Michelle Burkhardt
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A Gerber Daisy is one of my favorite types of flowers because it comes in many different colors that last all summer long with new buds continually blooming. My favorite shade this year is Earthenware, a vibrant orange shade that when the sunlight glistens down on it, it radiates power and beauty all at once. Smelling, gazing upon and even spelling the word Gerber Daisy is not where I struggle. My difficulty comes from trying to share, with others, the name of this exceptional flower. A mental block has been permanently drilled and planted into my brain so that I can never remember if it’s a soft “g” or a hard “g.”
Stepping back in time we find a story in the Bible that helps to explain the cause of the numerous languages in this world. Genesis 11:1-9, is where you will find the well known story, “The Tower of Babel.” Prior to this, the whole world had one language and everyone spoke in harmony and I’m sure with the same accent too. However, because history demonstrates that when a culture unites, the power can be misused, hence, the people thought they could build a tower to reach the heavens. Sinful greed breeds evil in the hearts of mankind and the Lord knowing their purpose decided to confuse their language. The people were scattered across the Earth and the Tower was never finished. Centuries and many moons later, we currently have more languages than one can count. Plus, each language has different dialects and each region has different accents.
Building a tower to reach God is not my desire but being able to enunciate correctly is. Since I can not seem to remember to use a hard “g” when pronouncing Gerber, here is my solution. Everyone else needs to change. Maybe I can convince James Dobson of Focus on the Family to make the following announcement on his radio station broadcast, “Effective immediately! All Christians are to start calling the incredible flower once known as Gerber Daisy, “Jerber” Daisy because a “J” has only one sound…and that sound is the same as in “Jesus”
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