Theorem: Kyrie (dog) + Eleison (car) = traveling mercies
The dog is named “Kyrie.” The cute little Mazda Miata (in Virgin Mary blue) is named “Eleison.” Together, they equate to “traveling mercies.” Here’s the proof:
- “Kyrie” is Greek for “God.” “Dog” is “god” spelled backwards. That means that symbiologically they are the same, as readers of The Da Vinci Code will appreciate.
- “Eleison” is Greek for “mercy.” (The car saved my life when I was driving about 60 mph on a country road in blackest night and an elk jumped out 100 feet in front of me.)
- “Kyrie” plus “Eleison” means “God have mercy.” This phrase has been used in the Latin Mass for over a thousand years.
- Driving a cute car with a sweet dog is sure proof of divine mercy.
Ergo, when your companion is divine and your car is merciful, you have “traveling mercies.”
Q.E.D. (a.k.a., “Eat your heart out, Anne Lamott.” Or — better yet — give me a call and I’ll come take you for a spin and bring Kyrie for some canine cuddling.)
So now you know about Felicity’s high score on the math S.A.T., plus why she abandoned math in favor of more pastoral challenges…