Haiti: Ann Pale #1 Where's your father?
This is the first of some conversation quotes that I mentioned I wanted to send. These are meant to be little glimpses into the lives of some of the kids here. Slices of ordinary conversations. "Ann pale (on pah-leh) is Creole for "let's talk". This Ann Pale will not need too much translation because most of it actually took place in English this afternoon in our English class. There were about 25 or so kids and I want to lift out one of the speaking exercises we did. Most of the kids I will be quoting are between the ages of 11 to 15.
FRE ED: " I want everyone to ask the person next to you 3 questions. What is your name? Where is your mother? Where is your father? Now, what do we need to know how to say to answer these questions? You know your name. How about your parents? You can say they are working. You can say they are at home. You can say they are dead. What else is there? If they aren't at home or working....they could be in the market. Okay, let's start. Speak loud and clear. We'll start on this end.
Makinson: What is your name?
Makinson: Where is your mother?
Naromi: She's dead.
Makinson: Where's your father?
Naromi then turns to the boy next to her. "What is your name?"
Naromi: Where's your mother?
Robinson: She dead.
Where's your father?
Robinson: What is your name?
Francette: My name is Francette.
Robinson: Where is your mother?
Francette: At her home.
Robison: Where is your father?
Francette: "He's dead."
Francette then turns to her sister Jaklin. "What's your name?"
Francette: Where is your mother?
Jaklin: At her home.
Francette: Where is your father?
Then Jaklin to Ismael. "Where's your mother?"
Jaklin: Where's your father?
Ismael: ....Fre Ed, what if we never see our father or don't know him. What if we don't know if he is alive or dead. What if we don't know where he is.
Fre Ed: You can say, 'I don't know'.
Ismael: I don't know.
Patricienne: I don't know.
Tina: I don't know.
Berlin: I don't know.
Dafne: I don't know.
Ketli: I don't know......