Yesterday, as I got on the bus to go home from work, there were some kids on there growing around. Maybe 12ish?

They had skateboards and one was filming the others goofing around. When they saw me coming their way to get a seat they settled down quickly and one of them gave me a bit of a "sorry" look.

I made eye contact to communicate "it's cool" (they were being a little loud, but until I got on they weren't in anybody else's space) and the kid said, "Hey. Do you know Latin?"

"Uh," I said, "Like, the language of ancient Rome?"


"… Kinda?" 🤨

"What's seven in Latin?"

"Uh… like, septimus is seventh, I think."

"Uh, yeah! Septum is seven, then." Then they mumbled, "seven, eight, nine…"

"OK. Oh! It's the last few months: September, October, November, December; 7, 8, 9, 10. To help remember."

"Oh cool. Thanks!"

🤷🏻‍♂️ I have no idea why they wanted to know that. They have no idea what a perfect person I am to ask such a random language question. It was wonderful.

@benhamill Sounds like they were doing homework, tbh.

Either way, beautiful convo.

@KitsuneAlicia Hah! Why didn't I think of that. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Oh well. Happy to help with it, then.

@benhamill "Septum is seven, then." Makes it seem like they were looking at a multiple choice question and you helped them figure out which of those choices it was.

@KitsuneAlicia Oh. I see… they didn't have anything in their hands except a skateboard. But maybe they'd been talking about it in class and they knew it was on their homework or something. They definitely pulled "septum" out of their brain. Unless it was on the end of their deck, I guess… 🤔 Maybe Latin is the new preteen skater hotness. IDK.

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