Location: St. Vincent & Grenadines

You were driving home in the dark on one glass-slippered heel, window sliced open and bathing in the snowliquor of the night air. We heard you singing, and couldn't bear to wake you.

17 October 2005

You'll be the big cheese on that orbiting rondel.

Genevieve has developed a charming obsession with the moon. Or "mooooOOOOoooo," as she calls it, which is different from "mmmmmOOOO" (that's what a cow says) and "mmmOH", which is her version of the sacred syllable om.

Usually three to five times per evening, she'll get a wild look in her eyes and point out the window. "MooooOOOOoooo!" she'll say. Then we go out into the evening and look around for the moon. It's disconcerting when we can't find it because it hasn't risen yet. Tonight's payoff was worth the wait: a smoldering coin of pumpkin and brown sugar simmering above the Sierra Nevada. OoooOOOOoooo. I'm a little nervous about two weeks from now, when the new moon comes around. I'm not sure that I'll be able to explain its apparent absence to her satisfaction.

Entries in Genevieve's lexicon:

• what a cow says
• what a cat, dog, fish, horse, goat, pig, mouse, hippopotamus and lizard say
• what a car says
• moon
• down
• off
• no
• yeah
• sign language for "more", "all done" and "light"
• boobah (what mama's got that papa will never have)
• yummyyummy


Blogger Wesley said...

I'm not sure -- what does a hippopotamus say?

3:27 PM  
Blogger Felix Helix said...

A hippopotamus says "WHGHGHAAAAGHGHHH!!!" because in one of Genevieve's books there is a picture of a hippopotamus with its mouth wide open, epiglottis a-danglin'.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Wesley said...

Of course!

(A hippocampus is a hippo-horse, of course, of course...)

2:16 PM  
Blogger Wesley said...

I mean -potamus, not sure what strange etymological dictionary section of brain that came from.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Felix Helix said...

Here's the straight dope: "hippos" is horse and "potamos" is river (i.e. Mesopotamia, between rivers), so a hippopotamus is a river horse. "Campus", when it's not referring to a site of drunken twentysomething debauchery, comes from the Greek for sea monster; thus, a hippocampus is a half-horse, half-dolphin creature. Or, alternately and interestingly, a ridge along the lower section of each lateral ventricle of the brain.

Of course? Of course.

11:00 PM  
Blogger Wesley said...

Thanks, from the bottom of my epiglottis.

I wonder what a hippocampus would say.

4:56 AM  

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