Today feels a bit sad day really, as my Dad took the long flight home to England after four lovely weeks as our house guest. With the flight alone being a 34 hour round trip, friends and family from home who come visiting are always invited to stay as long as they can. It is a very long, expensive journey to do as a short stay.
We love having guests and offering them our hospitality. Brunei isn’t the most exciting place on any tourist map, but it is lovely to be able to share our everyday life, and the sights and sounds that we are used to with our nearest and dearest.
Most importantly, our little girl and her granddad have had an amazing time together and are thick as thieves now. At least we have FaceTime, so we will be able to catch up with him again at the weekend, but I think she is going to get a bit of a shock when she wakes up tomorrow and her ‘gaggy’ isn’t there. Such is expat life I guess.
I’ll admit I don’t have a raft of true ‘x’ words that sprang immediately to mind for this week’s challenge. Although lots of unwanted ‘ex’ words broke through unbidden into my thought process! Many true ‘x’ words are very technically to do with science or medicine, so when I stumbled upon xenial, I knew it was the perfect choice.
- of, relating to, or constituting hospitality or relations between host and guest and especially among the ancient Greeks between persons of different cities / relationship / customs.
- pertaining to hospitality.
- hospitality, especially to visiting strangers.
- the friendly relationship between a host and guest.
Word derivation: Greek xenios xenial (from xenos guest) + English -al
First known use: 1834.
“Xenial’ is a word which refers to the giving of gifts to strangers. . . . I know that having a good vocabulary doesn’t guarantee that I’m a good person. . . . But it does mean I’ve read a great deal. And in my experience, well-read people are less likely to be evil.”
(Lemony Snicket, The Slippery Slope).