Inclusio is a technical term in ancient rhetoric whereby an idea is "framed" with an opening and closing statement. In Herodotus, we call the same thing a "ring composition." Fine, you say, but how does that have anything to do with the real world?!
Glad you asked! What? You didn't? Well, let's pretend that you did, OK?
I've been thinking about the last 9 years, from the time I started with Eisenbrauns until the present. I discovered that the time is marked by a whole bunch of inclusiones (Latin, plural of inclusio—I know, technically that should be genitive instead of nominative/accusative...). I've mentioned a couple of them earlier, but we'll start from the top:
E-mail from Eisenbrauns asking me to apply for the position
Stay at Super 8 motel
Meet Jim at American Table restaurant for breakfast
Rent bicycle from Trailhouse bike shop
Return to Minnesota, rent a bicycle and the seat settles on a 40 mile ride because after adjusting the seat for my long legs, they don't tighten the seat post enough.
Nine years of wonderful stuff at Eisenbrauns, fulfilling a dream since graduate school. Our kids both get married and we end up with 7 grand kids. I get to have a greenhouse (OK, really a hoop house, but the same results).
Receive phone call asking us to assist at Sawtooth Cabins. We know it is from God, so we move to Grand Marais.
Come back to Warsaw to train my replacement and I stay at Super 8
Jim and I have breakfast at American Table
I rent a bicycle from Trailhouse—the same bike I rented 9 years earlier!
The seat settles on a 35 mile ride because after adjusting it for my long legs, the seat post isn't tightened enough
I think God has a sense of humor—or at least the Classicist in me does...