Some conversations from the last month:
Koh Samui, driving around the Southern parts of the island
Maher: Les gars, vous avez vu les vaches? Et il y a des chevaux aussi! (Hey guys, did you see the cows? There are horses as well!)
Me: Do you know what cows eat?
On the beach one day:
Rahul picked up a strange white jelly-like fish egg (I think)
Me: What’s that Rahul?
Rahul: Mama, this lenses (as in contact lenses)
One evening just before bed:
Leila: What dat Rahul?
Rahul rubs his body: Keam, body. (As in body cream / lotion),
Leila picked up a tube of zinc oxide used for nappy irritation: What dat Rahul?
Rahul pointing at it: Toos paste that.
Leila tapping her bottom: No Rahul, Keam bum-bum.
Rahul: No, toos paste.
Leila: No, keam kiki(cute way to say vagina in French).
Rahul: Afu zizi, Leila zizi (cute way to say penis).
Leila: No, Leila kiki
Rahul smiling: Leila zizi
Leila: Noooo, Leila kiki
Rahul really pushing her button: Leila zizi
I had to pull them apart. Stop them from shoving and pushing each other after that one.
In bed that night:
Leila: Mama, where papa?
Me: He’s in Hengyang. He’ll be back in two days.
Leila crying: Leila kiss papa.
Early, very early one morning:
Leila pointing at some soft boiled egg that she spilt on the table: Mum look. Fwog.
Me: Wow Leila, is the from jumping around in your egg?
Rahul walks into the kitchen, barely awake.
Leila: Rahul, look. Fwog. Egg.
Me: Hey Rahul, did you see the frog in Leila’s egg?
Leila: Fwog, water, jump ribbit ribbit.
A little later, still at the table that morning -
Rahul: Tomorrow xiao He ayi back. Some bady bump, went see doctor. Better now.
Me: Yes Rahul. She’s much better now, and she’s coming back tomorrow!
(He ayi, our dearly beloved nanny had a motorbike accident a week ago. A three-wheel-taxi driver bumped into her, watched her fall to the ground, and zoomed away.)
Still at breakfast-`
Leila: Banana mama
Me: Nana nana banana banana
L and R: Nana nana banana banana
L and R: nani nani chapatti chapatti
Me: Jiddo jiddo potato potato, teta teta batata batata
L and R: jiddo jiddo potato potato, teta teta batata batata
Rahul: Zazu Nanu, Zazu Nanu
Leila: Zazu D2, Zazu D2. D2 jiddo.
Me: D2 jiddo or Jiddo Kamal
Leila teasing: D2 Dubai
Rahul: Jiddo Kamal Dubai
Leila: Teta Houda Lebanon
One evening all of us in bed:
Me taling to Maher about something: D2 was talking to his girlfriend.
Leila: girl-fwend mama?
Me: Ummmmm, D2’s girlfriend Stephanie, do you remember her? She is his girlfriend.
Leila nodding her head: Member mum.
Me: Ummmmm Pasca is my girlfriend.
Leila: Leila mama dotter. Rahul mama son. Mama papa girlfwend. Liu yan Marwan girlfwend. Leila Rahul girlfwend.
The four of us together. Maher sings a song. I join in. After two years of “practicing”, I’m still out of tune!
Rahul says: Mama no sing!