Saturday, April 9, 2011

H is for Horn, and Other Stories

I have related this one before - when I first started this blog.  For the benefit of new readers and followers I'm telling it again.

One day I was teaching our son, then about four or five, the anatomy of a goat, guided by a big outline picture of the animal.  Each time I pointed to a part of the animal and said out what it was my son would follow suit.

When I said "leg" he would say "leg".  On and on we went from one anatomy to another.  When we came to the head I pointed to the sharp protrusion on the head and said "horn".  He pressed his little finger to the horn and said loudly: "Pon!", "Pon!"

Fast forward some thirty years, his wife asked their four year old son: "What is lembu?"


(Lembu is cow in Malay).  He said "I don't know"

Mother: "I'll give you a clue - Moooo.....?"

Son: "Muruku!" (Murukku is an Indian savory snack made from rice flour).

Mother: slaps forehead.

Later...

Son: Mama, why is six afraid of seven?

Mother: why?

Son: Because seven eight (ate) nine!

Mother: slaps forehead again.

14 comments:

Carole Anne Carr said...

Lovely!

Pat said...

Some gems here :)

I think kids are the most natural comedians around!!!

Kittie Howard said...

Really cute!

Joylene Butler said...

OMG, that is too cute. Quick, sign him up for comedy school. You've got a stand-up comedian on your hands. Look out Chris Rock!

Grandpa said...

Carole,
Pat,
Kittie,
Joylene, - Thank you. Yes, he is just a natural, don't think it runs in the family, or anything like that.. ;)

thelmaz said...

Cute stories. Glad you stopped by my blog. Come back Monday and find the answers to the first lines quiz.

baygirl32 said...

lembu, I have no idea how to even begin to wrap my tongue around that word!

klahanie said...

Hi there Grandpa,
Aha, so 'H' is for Horn..eh :)
A very clever post and the old number eating joke :)
And 'I' wonder what letter might be next in this 'alphabet challenge'?
I hope you are having a peaceful weekend, my friend.
Kind wishes Gary :)

mybabyjohn said...

Kids can be so cute. Great post.
http://mybabyjohn.blogspot.com/

secret agent woman said...

Kids are entertaining creatures.

Ohiofarmgirl said...

oh golly, i fall for that joke everytime!
;-)

Wan Sharif said...

we miss this one in our none English speaking Pulau Duyong.. the part that seven ate nine ;))

Grandpa said...

thelmaz - I sure will;

baygir32 - our kids are thought in Malay in a predominantly English-speaking country. That story showed how good their Malay is!

klahanie - Hi Gary, at 3 a.m I'm scratching my head wondering what to do with I. I hope inspiration hits me soon.. :)
Have a great week ahead my friend.

Grandpa said...

mybabyjohn - Thank you! Yes they are cute, and they say the darnedest thing.

secret agent woman - yes they are!

Ohiofarmgirl - I'm glad you do too!

Wan - back in my kampong too. Thanks for dropping by (really, physically now). Hope the durians are ok.