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— Uh… Ah… Uh… Ah…
— Daddy, what are you doing?
— Uh… Push ups… Ah…
— What are push ups? Are they like shoes?
— No, silly… Uh… You can see what they are… Ah…It’s physical exercise…
— “Fizzical exzersize”? Why are you doing “Fizzical exzersize?”
— Never mind… Uh… To get into shape…
— To get into shape?! To get into what shape?
— Uh… The shape of someone who’s healthy… Ah…
— But why? Are you the shape of someone who’s not healthy?
— Uh… No!… Ah… Leave me alone for two minutes, will you?… Uh…
— But I don’t want you to change shape. I like you the shape you are.
— But I’m not going to change shape!… Uh… It’s just that… Ah… For some people, including your mother… Uh… It’s good to change… Ah… And just as much in the essentials… Uh… As in your shape… and me… Uh… I’m starting… with my shape…
— And what are the essentials, Daddy?
—Uh… You might well ask… Ah… I’m starting with the shape… Uh… Because I’ve still got some doubts about the essen… Ah…
— It looks tiring, whatever it is…
— Uh… You’re not wrong…
— And do you have to do it now? Because I wanted to play Mikado with you. Do I have to wait for you to change shape?
— You know, I don’t think I’m going to change shape today… Ah…
— So why don’t you do it tomorrow?
— Uh… Well, it’s a long-term endeavor… You have to do a bit every day… Uh…
— Are the essentials a long term feather as well?
— Uh… endeavor!… Ah… Er, yes, I think so… Uh…
— Are they as tiring as the shape?
— Uh… I don’t know… Ah… I’ll tell you… when I’ve started… Uh…
— But… what are the essentials, Dad? What’s in the essentials? What does it mean?
— Uh… I don’t know, sweetie… Ah… That’s why I’ve got to go into it… Uh… To see what it is…
— And what if there are monsters in the essentials, what will you do?
— You know me… Ah… I’ll ask them if they’ve got any beer… Uh…
— Ha ha! That’s silly! Ha ha! No, but really, what will you do if they’re nasty monsters?
— Well, that’s just it… Ah… If I’m in shape, I’ll be able to deal with them… Uh…
— Yes, but… er… your shape is not that good. You’re going all red, and you don’t smell very good either.
— And do you think that monsters… Uh… smell nice, do you?… Ah…
— Well, maybe not. Well if there’s nothing in the essentials, will you go back to the shape you had before? How will you do it?
— Don’t worry, there’s always something in the essentials… Uh…
— Oh, is there?… I don’t want you to go into the essentials! And I don’t want you to change shape either! So there!
— Ah… Alright, that’s enough! Let me finish my push ups, please… Uh…
— Mummy! Daddy’s changing shape to go to the essentials to see if there’s monsters, and I’m frightened!
— What are you talking about? Daddy’s not going to change shape. And what do you mean, essentials?
—Uuuuh… You are starting to get on my nerves, both of you… Can’t I have five minutes peace? As soon as you want to make some progress in your life, there’s always someone there to stand in your way!
— Improve yourself ? Looks like you’ve got your work cut out for you !
— And you ain’t seen nothing yet. This is just getting in shape.

Translated by Wendy Cross

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