her·mit/ˈhɜrmɪt/ Show Spelled[hur-mit]
a person who has withdrawn to a solitary place for a life of religious seclusion.
any person living in seclusion; recluse.
Zoology . an animal of solitary habits.
Ornithology . any of numerous hummingbirds of the genera Glaucis and Phaethornis, having curved bills and dull-colored rather than iridescent plumage.
a spiced molasses cookie often containing raisins or nuts.
I used the word "hermit" last night to describe myself to a friend since I did not leave the house at all for 72 hours this week, possibly a record since the birth of my sons. I spent yesterday playing Megabloks, wiping noses, making chili and cornbread and baking snickerdoodles for Hubs' co-workers today. I was thinking, it's not so bad being a hermit if the boys are happy (they are, for the most part, because of the plethora of new Christmas toys). Then I was thinking, hmm, what is the actual definition of hermit? So I looked it up - on dictionary.com, of course, because I don't even own a dictionary, a horrendous admission for an English teacher. So, am I a hermit?
1. No. While I profess a deep faith in Jesus Christ, I believe He said to GO and preach the Good News, not to live your faith in seclusion.
2. No. I live in a busy suburb in an 8-unit townhome with a handsome hubs and two crazy toddlers. Not my definition of seclusion.
3. No. I eat animals. My children act like animals and at times I feel like a zoo exhibit, but no.
4. No. I eat birds, too. I have curves, but that's about it. No plumage, iridescent or otherwise.
5. Yes. I think this is the hermit I meant. A spicy, nutty cookie. That would be correct. I am a hermit.
Now, to find myself a good hermit recipe...