It is probably the most reliable letter and is so easily taken for granted. There’s a quote by Leonard Bernstein that goes; “The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony”. The letter B is the perfect second fiddle. How often does ‘plan A’ not work out and you have to fall onto trusty ‘plan B’? What is any successful film without any ‘B roll’? Is a record complete without a ‘B side’? You can’t have a list without more than one thing; you can’t just have point A. Therefore point B is always necessary, the minimum requirement for anything to qualify as a list. There are so many times that B is quietly there, and although it’s never the first or the top of anything, it is always ready and willing to be useful.
A brief history of the letter B.
The letter B was actually part of the Phoenician alphabet way back in 1000 BCE, and although was called beth and looked slightly different, it was still pronounced the same way and was still the second letter of the alphabet. That’s over 3000 years of being a devoted, reliable second fiddle. Amazing. There’s not much that is as durable and loyal as that.
I’ll be honest,
being grateful for a letter isn’t something I’ve thought of before, but my research about the letter B and finding the ‘B’s around my campus has taught me something very valuable. I don’t need to be the first pick or the top of everything, it means a lot to simply be reliable and learn how to play the second fiddle perfectly. Thank you B, for just B-ing.