kvelling

Came across the yiddish term kvelling the other day.
Had to look it up.
It means to express pride—
to take delight in—perhaps even to crow.

“My daughters accomplishments fill me with pride;
I am kvelling.
Their grandparents kvell over their achievements too.”

The term originally comes from the german,
Quelle, meaning “well” or “spring.”
So the image is of water bubbling up—
unconstrained, unrestrained—
welling up,
overflowing
in currents and depths.

Quelle can also mean “source.”

In fact, the name for the proposed common source
shared by the gospels of Matthew and Luke, “Q,”
comes from the word Quelle.

Fun to think of the authors of Q
and Matthew and Luke
kvelling
overflowing with pride and delight
made manifest in gospel.

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