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06:13 am: A Babble of Czechs
As it is a pod of whales, a murder of crows, and a flourish of strumpets, so it is a babble of Czechs. You might think a book of Czechs, or a mate, or (heaven forbid) a kite or a rubber, but trust me... it's a babble (Babel?).

Our house is filled with people whose language I don't speak. I feel like one of the kids in the old Charlie Brown cartoons, surrounded by adults whose "mwuh mwuh mwuh mwuh" is incomprehensible to me. Except with Czechs, it sounds like "zub zub zub."

I'll hear "zub zub zub Teddy zub zub," etc., for 5 or 10 minutes (or, less often, "zub zub zub zub Kate zub zub"). When I ask Peter to translate, he says "Mom says Teddy has big eyes." I *know* she has to have said more than that, but I have no idea what I'm missing.

My in-laws are some of the nicest people I know (er... as far as I know... maybe they say horrible things with a lovely tone and expression), but it's gonna be a loooong month.

When we visited them, I knit two baby sweaters (and blew out my elbow in the process, so, irony of ironies, I can't knit anything for my own baby -- or for Nicolas, for whom I'd planned to make a Portuguese Fisherman Sweater [ugly picture, btw]). Since I can't do that any more, I'm hoping my in-laws will be so enamored of Teddy (and really, who wouldn't be?) that they won't notice I'm spending the weekend reading the new Harry Potter.

Teddy will notice, but he'll forgive me as long as I let him chew it.

Current Mood: lonelylonely
Current Music: Something to Talk about (Bonnie Raitt)


Date:July 15th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)

mwuh, mwuh, mwuh

When I watch Charlie Brown I very carefully make up what the adults are saying. I give them a geographic location and make up all the things they're saying: Shakesperean, Dawson's Creek, The X-Files, etc. Oh, it is great fun and adds something special to Charlie Brown. Could you do that with the fam, just to add a bit of humor along with a darker Harry Potter?
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Date:July 15th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
heck, I could add Harry Potter dialogue! Works for me...
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