Friday, June 25, 2010

A new language

“Mamma, isn’t the crow is supposed to say ‘Caw Caw’”, asked the six year old.
“Yes, of course”, I assured him, repeating the sound. In the stories which we tell each other, that is precisely what crows say.
“But listen, Mamma, that crow is saying ‘Kaaah Kaah’”, he pointed out.
I listened. The crow was stretching out the syllables more than normal.
“I wonder why?”, he asked.
“Can you think of a reason why?”, I asked.
He thought, then said. “I think the crow is trying to learn English. Then he too will know two languages.”

I couldn’t but agree!
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A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

16 comments:

Jaydee Morgan said...

That was so cute. The crows around here are definitely flexing their language skills!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Bilingual crows! What next?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the new look, Rayna.

Clarissa Draper said...

Beautiful story. It's so wonderful to hear your children and their imaginations.

Also, love the new look.

CD

Watery Tart said...

*shivers* That's all we need. Crow spies! teehee

Seriously though, your kids are the cutest in the whole world.

LTM said...

brilliant! :o)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful logic, loved the read.

Yvonne.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I think your son may be absolutely right!

Michele Emrath said...

Wonderful! You write from a child's mind. And I love the new look, too.

Michele
Southern City Mysteries

Niki said...

Poor crow learning English haha such a difficult language!! Love your new look :o)

Al said...

Love the drabble!
Our crows must already know English they always seem to say kaaaah kaaah :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I'd almost forgotten how much fun it as to ask children questions, but when we visited with my daughter and granddaughter via Skype today, my daughter asked the little one-year-old, "Where is your tummy?"

Little one stuck out her tongue. She doesn't have all the answers quite right yet, but she's working on it.

I also like your blog's makeover, Rayna. Isn't it fun playing with the new templates?

ladyfi said...

Bilingual birds! What a great story.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Jaydee- multi lingual crows everywhere. Wonder what they are upto?

@ Debra- maybe a United Nations for crows?

@ Alex - thank you. The header image was a birthday gift from Marjorie.

@ Clarissa- I'd be really disappointed if they don't become writers (unless they choose to become oral storytellers). And thank you- I love the new look too.

@ Watery- crow spies, or maybe crow diplomats!

@ LTM- thanks

@ Yvonne - kids have the most wonderful logic

@ Jane - perhaps they are looking for jobs in the call centre industry too

@ Michele- it was the kids, actually. Not sure I have such wonderful imagination.

@ Niki- unless they simplify the language. And thanks

@ Al- but they are Australian crows- they have to speak English, even if with a distinct accent.

@ Patricia- that's such a cute story. Kids are the best.
And strangely, the template I used is one of the older ones. It was only now that I decided to try it out.

@ Fiona - no points for guessing who else is learning to speak in English these days.

dipali said...

Too cute!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Thanks, Dipali.

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