Tag Archives: family


Limerick: “Monkey and a Baboon Sitting in the Grass”

Main Piece:  “Uh… Here’s one. Monkey and a baboon sitting in the grass. Monkey stuck his finger up the baboon’s ass. The baboon said ‘Monkey, damn your soul! Get your finger out of my asshole!’” Background: My informant learned this from his step-grandfather when they were bonding as part of the joining of two families…. Continue Reading »

The I-Love-You Game

Context The interview is with one of my friends as she recounts a game that she used to play with her family ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is a story told to me by the interviewee. “Growing up, at the end of our day when we were checking in we would play the game called the… Continue Reading »

Don’t Put Your Purse On the Floor

Context This proverb is collected during a conversation I had with a friend when she came over for dinner at my house. ———————————————————————————————————— Performance The following is a proverb told to me by the interviewee. I: Don’t put your purse on the floor or you’ll always be broke M: Who told you this? I: It’s… Continue Reading »

Ethiopian Tale – Wardit the Mule

Main Piece  My informant told me the story of a beautiful mule named Wardit. Wardit was on her way to drink water from the river, when she met an admirer, a horse, on the way. The horse confesses his love for Wardit, and asks about her parentage. Wardit looked confused, and asked the horse why… Continue Reading »

Eggs – Persian New Year

Description of Informant PK (79) is a small, frail woman with dyed blonde hair and piercing eyes. PK was born and raised in Abadan, Iran in an “Oil Company Family.” OCFs were families whose primary income came from the large British oil company in Iran. They were well compensated and taken care of, living in… Continue Reading »