I’m sitting here listening to my daughter memorize a Norwegian table prayer. Isn’t that what your kids do every Christmas?
Chickie is learning about griot’s in Mali. Griot’s are storytellers that pass down stories from generation to generation. As an assignment, each student is supposed to pick a holiday family tradition to tell to the class as if they were a griot. Our family doesn’t have a lot of exciting family traditions to pick from. After thinking it over for awhile she decided that she wanted to share about our Norwegian food and table prayer. Problem is… she hadn’t yet learned the prayer. She had been practicing it every once in awhile when she was with my parents but she didn’t really know it.
I wrote it down for her but since it isn’t exactly phonetical she still needs coaching. She’s managed to say the whole thing a couple of times without looking at her cheat sheet. I’m worried that she’ll forget the whole thing once she’s in front of the class. Maybe I should teach her a few Ole & Lena jokes just in case!
Lena: “Ole, stand in fronna my car and tell me if da turn signals are vorking”.
Ole: “Ya, No, Ya, No, Ya, No, Ya, No….”
Ole and Lena got married. On their honeymoon trip they were nearing Minneapolis when Ole put his hand on Lena’s knee. Giggling, Lena said, “Ole, you can go a little farther now if ya vant to”… so Ole drove to Duluth.
1. Der’s only one God, ya know.
2. Don’t make dat fish on yer mantle an idol.
3. Cussing ain’t Norwegian nice.
4. Go to church–even when yer up nort.
5. Honor yer folks.
6. Don’t kill. Catch and release.
7. Der’s only one Lena fer every Ole. No cheatin!
8. If it ain’t yer Lutefisk, don’t take it.
9. Don’t be braggin’ about how much snow ya shoveled.
10. Keep yer mind off yer neighbor’s hotdish.