It is Viaggiatore's 2nd birthday!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIAGGIATORE!!
My goodness, has it been two years already? My how time flies.
Two years ago, Seamus offered up 48 lions for adoption; an act that made both the adopter and the lion, members of The Shameless Lions Writing Circle. So began a journey of friendship, writing and travel for Viaggiatore and I.
Viaggiatore is my muse, my inspiration, and always my delight. He has never failed to bring a genuinely happy smile to my face every time I see him. We have written quite a bit, traveled so many places and met several wonderful friends. Time is continually improving our bond, moment by moment.
He is, to me, the 10th Muse.
There were nine, originally, according to ancient Greek mythology. He's in the good company of these ladies:
Calliope: she is the muse of epic poetry, her emblem is the writing tablet.
Clio: is the muse of history, and her emblem is the scroll.
Erato: who is the muse of lyric poetry, symbolized by the cithara.
Euterpe: the muse of music (which is also the etymology of that word), and whose emblem is the aulos.
Melpomene: the muse of tragedy; she carries the tragic mask.
Polyhymnia: the muse of choral poetry, whose symbol is the veil.
Terpsichore: she is the muse of dance, and her emblem is the lyre.
Thalia: the muse of comedy who carries the comic mask.
Urania: the muse of astronomy, whose emblems are the globe and compass (she is our favorite of the nine, of course).