Thursday, November 18, 2010

Non-farm musings on Romeo and Juliet, Pidgin English, and Thanksgiving

I am taking a break from farm talk today, because my Shakespeare class was so fun today.  They were diligently converting Romeo and Juliet Act II ii (Balcony Scene) into modern English when I reminded them it was okay to "own" it and use some the unique language we have in Hawaii.  The girls were laughing to the point of tears as they tried out Juliet's lines in a Filipino accent (one of the girls said she was imitating her grandfather), Pidgin English, and teenage slang.  ("Hey, brah, who dat stay in da bushes? Cuz, you bettah leave or you stay make. [mah- kay]"). Another group is making puppets.  Monday is going to be a lot of fun when we do some performances.  One year, I cut the whole play down to 30 minutes, in original language, and we put on a performance for the younger kids. You should have heard them gasp when Romeo kisses dead Juliet (and you should have seen the scowl on "Romeo's" girl friend's face as she sat watching in the audience).

When I was in 8th grade, I went to see a pidgin version of "Twelfth Night" and I was completely enchanted.  It remains to this day one of my favorite theater performances.

As far as Thanksgiving goes, my mom and step-dad are coming for the feast.  I can't wait, but there is a lot to do between now and next Wednesday when they arrive.  I really do need to make sure the cat is banned from the guest room and the room thoroughly clean to minimize allergies, and my youngest just informed me that her volleyball team was invited to the big tournament this weekend.  Sigh, once again, the weekend I envisioned spent entrenched in chores is going to be eaten up by taxi duties, and of course, the usual weekend big animal chores (deep cleaning pens and stalls) aren't going to go away, either.  I am going to have to be strictly following a time schedule to get it all done!  Wish me luck!


From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Some days are really more fun than others. It sounds like everyone had a great day.

NancyDe said...

A great first period, at least....:). Actually (it's lunch), with a few small exceptions, everyone is doing well today!

Chai Chai said...

Silly is a great age! Some of my best memories of talks with my parents were when they were the "taxi", soon she will be driving without you.

NancyDe said...

I have to say I agree that some of the best talks with my kids are on the rides home - none of us are really morning people, so that morning drive is very quiet. We have a wide range of discussions that cover the silly to the sublime.

Faith said...

Funny - at our ladies' get-together last night we were all discussing modern versions of Shakespeare plays. 3 of the young girls had all just finished a two week run of "The King and I", so Anna, Tuptim, and one of the dancers in Little House of Uncle Thomas were still in theater mode.

That's what I was thinking too. If you've got to be running around, at least it's with your kids, spending precious time with them. They need to invent a new sport. Some sort of farm work that teens compete against each other on. Then every Friday night would be filled with cars driving out to farms and hundreds of people getting all the labor completed in 3 hours. Most games would be away, as they traveled to all the farms, but it wouldn't matter, because everything would be done. I like it.


NancyDe said...

I love it! Maybe they should revive home ec and have house cleaning competitions, too!

As far as the farm competitions, wouldn't the goats love to climb over the bleachers set up for spectators?