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Serbian is the language of neglect

I am still utterly physically trashed and ill, and my attempts at speech qualify me to audition to be the voice of a Discworld Troll, but none of that is very exciting to talk about, so here are two vignettes about Matei.


Z is in bed, fighting off a headache and our son's attempts to interact with him.

"Look, Daddy look!" M warbles in our mother tongue. "Here is an exciting thing and the thing that I balanced on another thing!"
"Mhhmmmm," says Z.
"How do you say that in Englih, daddy?"
"Very good."
"So in Serbian we say 'Mmhmmm', and in English we say 'Very Good'."


I am lying on the sofa feeding the baby and attempting to get the room to stop spinning through sheer willpower. M is bouncing around, engaging with the kind of foolhardiness and danger he favours indoors when not safely hypnotised by Disney cartoons, while I glare at him and flop around on the sofa trying to wave him away from the path of hazard/destruction.

This is not proving to be very effective parenting, and when M attempts to pull a set of shelves onto himself in his efforts to get at my handcream in order to smear himself head to foot with it, I shout

"No, stupid!" at him in Serbian.
Matei stops and gives me a stern look.
"Mummy you're not supposed to say "Ne, budalo!". You're supposed to say "No, sweetheart."

I stand corrected indeed.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 1st, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
haha brilliant!
Dec. 3rd, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
You may not remember me...
you're daughter is absolutely beautiful. You somehow seem even more upbeat.
Dec. 9th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: You may not remember me...
Of course I remember you! It's nice to see you again and I look forward to reading updates from your world.
Dec. 7th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
I love you and your children.

Have you tried to get these entries published? Many of my friends have heard bits of your public entries, and all of them have loved them!

Actually, I was telling my knitting group about you, and the book. A couple of guys were on the next table, and when they left, one of them came over to get the name of the book and your name, so he could read it :o)
Dec. 9th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
A couple more of those testimonials and my ego will be polished to a high shine. :) Thank you all of it is so gratifying to hear. My children are marvellous and I hope you will meet them one day.x
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