Friday, 11 July 2014

When is a badger not a badger

My children were all born in England, Chester to be precise which in my eyes makes them English not that it makes any difference, saying that they spent the briefest possible time in hospital before I took them home.

Rob the eldest has always considered himself Welsh, he was brought up in Wales, speaks almost fluent Welsh & wanted to go to a Welsh university. Myself & my siblings were born in the same hospital making us English too, however all other relatives of a long, long line of extended family are Welsh, which also to my mind makes Rob just as Welsh as any of them.

Harry the youngest has always seemed American, he even has the accent & ahem does chores to earn pocket money!

Yesterday afternoon the bus was late arriving to pick them up at the end of school. Harry elected to walk home with his cousin & friend as he was fed up of waiting. I found this out as when he hadn't arrived home at his usual time I phoned him to see where he was. I had a text back 'I'm driving' Harry by the way is 12! He phoned me to say not to worry, he was just crossing the main road. Yes I was most displeased.

Back to the story, Harry walked through the door most pleased with himself as he had been able to walk home from school. He was more pleased to excitedly inform me that he had found a dead skunk by the hedge at the side of the road. I retorted that it was a badger & why on earth did he not know the difference!

Skunk
After a quick nature lesson the boy then asked me for milk & cookies & said thanks mom as he walked off to put his school things away ! I have every reason to believe I will lose this son of mine to America once he is older, he was most pleased when his older brother told him if he worked hard enough in school he could apply to an American university once his time came.
Badger
As always enjoy you day xx

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  1. I hope his dream will come true.
    Actually I have no idea about badger and skunk. I have never seen both of them here.

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    1. In a way Endah so do I. Badgers can be rather viscous & skunks admit a rather strong smell to evade predators!

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  2. I was born in Malaya (of British parents). Does that make me Malay? One of my daughters was born in Germany (while I was in the Army). Does that make her German? The other daughter is married to a man from Panama, and they live in France and work in Switzerland. To us "nationality" is a very complicated concept!

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    1. Nationality can be very complicated. Living in a part of Wales where I do some inhabitants are quite ahem proud of their heritage putting it politely!

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  3. Has Harry ever been to America?

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    1. No Sue I think Greece is the furthest we have taken him! I do have plans to take him, funnily enough pre Mike I used to go out with a chap who did his masters at the University of Florida , lovely place!

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  4. This is so funny!!! Harry obviously feels that he is American, milk and cookies, skunk, Mom!!! I hope that if he gets to go his bubble isn't burst too much! xx

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    1. Shocking isn't it, it is typical Harry though! It has made Mike & I laugh though, the milk, cookies & mom are typical, his face dropped slightly when I told him it wasn't a skunk!

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  5. So funny. I can only imagine how perplexing that is.

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    1. I was more than slightly embarrassed, surrounded by pretty much all the normal wildlife for the area, he thought he found a skunk! I must admit I'm still laughing about it.

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  6. Lovely story :-) Harry sounds very much like L who will be 13 in a few weeks. When I was out for the day a while back he had a mate over, granny rang him at midday to make sure they were OK and as she said 'hi, it's gran' he said, quick as a flash to his friend 'quick! hide the beer!' x

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    1. Aww aren't they fab at that age! Harry will be 13 in October, I don't think I want him to get any older!

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  7. It seems that the world has become a much smaller place as people now often don't live or work in the country of their birth. Shame about the badger.
    Thanks, you too. Flighty xx

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    1. Indeed Mike, it seems to shrink all the time! It was sad about the badger, it was the first I had seen in a while. I saw a hare the other day too, live may I add. xx

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  8. I'm laughing, he's funny and clever I think. And it's always good to have a plan, something to work towards. In the end he'll no doubt return to his roots. CJ xx

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    1. I've been chortling ever since, dipstick boy! Unless it had escaped from a zoo there would be no chance of seeing one in this country! I hope he does, imagine celebrating 4th of July & Thanksgiving!

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  9. Number two always used to tell me that when he was old enough he was going to live in New Zealand, he preferred New Zealand to Australia because the issue of snakes and spiders. At nearly 24 he is still in the UK. He was born in Manchester and we lived there up until we moved to the Fens in 2007. He is about to leave his posting in Scotland and take up his new posting in Suffolk. At this moment in time if he were to leave the RAF I think he would most likely go back to Manchester, but you never know I could be proved wrong and he could still have plans for New Zealand that I am yet to learn about.

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    1. That's so sweet! It's lovely raising these children of ours & seeing what they want to be & what they will be.

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  10. My daughters were born in Germany (when my husband was in the Army).
    Great to be so young and have a plan. May be he was an American in a former life???

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    1. I truly believe it is where & how you were brought up who defines who you are. I love his youngness (not a proper word I'm sure) & innocence. I will back him all the way if he wishes to move overseas & his brothers wish to be known as a Welsh person. Ha he would love that idea, being American in another life.

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  11. This is so cute. I think Harry is pushing your buttons, and it sounds like he has a quick wit!! When he makes his move to the States, you can be sure he'll tell everyone there is Welsh through and through! Be sure to warn him about the dangers of skunks spraying before he packs his bags ;) Wendy x

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    1. Sweet isn't it, I truly have no doubt he will end up there! I was most shocked he knew more about skunks than badgers!

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  12. My Granddaughter had an American accent, she watch far too many American kids programs. She even wanted a real dollar instead of a pound! hehe

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    1. Ooooohhhh that's Harry some of those kids shows are quite good I like the morals in them. His form teacher told Mike & I at parents evening that Harry gave a lovely talk to the class of Independence day!

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  13. Jessica Mitford, of the famous Mitford sisters, started a running away fund when she was a little girl. She flew the coop when she was 19 and eloped with a cousin of hers. She eventually found her way to America and became an American citizen.
    Jean x

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    1. Ahh a running away fund, I keep on trying that but it gets spent on more important things like yarn, fabric & the garden. The boys have a fund & Mike gets to fend for himself!

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  14. Trust,me if Harry came across a skunk, he'd smell it WAY before he saw it!
    Jane x

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    1. Te he that was part of our nature lesson. I was a little sad that he knew about that & not more of the badger.

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  15. As a child my dream was to have brown curly hair, alas it never happened. I would still like it now.

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    1. Pam apparently as a toddler I had curly hair, my mum told me that one night she wished I had straight hair like my older cousin. Apart from a couple of dodgy perms as a teenager it has been straight since then!

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  16. Interesting link in your comments that many children of military families were born/raised abroad. I was born in the UK but lived for a few all-too-short years in Florida. It took years for me to learn to speak proper English again! With my dad being a pilot in the Navy, we were fairly nomadic as a family. My brother was born in Cornwall, and we spent our early years there so he considers himself a Cornishman through and through although he lives in Hampshire now. (His wife wouldn't move to Cornwall.) Hope your boy's dreams are fulfilled, whatever he wishes for! PS Wonderful that Rob speaks fluent Welsh, very important to keep your cultural identity!

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  17. Oh dear, I'm afraid he's going to be disappointed when he gets over here. My whole life I've wished I was English! I'll trade with him. :)

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  18. Lol..maybe it was really a skunk and you just don't know that they live nearby. :) When I was 12 I swear I saw an otter swimming in our water channel. My parents told me it was a rat. I still don't believe them. I know what I saw :D :D

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  19. You have just got to love kids...they totally easperate us at times but they sure do give us some good laughs too!!

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  20. America is great! Not tobe too brave in making a comparison, but it is much nicer then UK :/ I would had stayed there if I didn't need a visa. Btw, I haven't seen a badger or a skunk in its natural life, so wouldn't know the difference either. A shame to admit... Have a nice day!

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