fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Drop-in visitors

My son has a special gift. Beautiful insects like his head. This has been going on since he was a baby: We'd be playing in the yard and along comes a butterfly to sit on his head. And stay there. Think about it: How often has a butterfly landed on you in your life? And if a butterfly landed on you, did it stay very long? It is very odd indeed, but very occasionally, a butterfly or, as we see here, a big green cricket, will sit on my son's head.

Conversely, my son likes to put frogs on his face.

Mein Sohn hat eine besondere Begabung: Schöne Insekten mögen seinen Kopf. Seit er ein Baby gewesen ist, landen Schmetterlinge auf seinen Kopf und bleiben dort sitzen. Überleg' mal: Wie oft ist ein Schmetterling auf dich gelandet? Und wenn, blieb er da lange sitzen? Gewiss sehr kommisch, nichtsdestotrotz recht oft sitzt ein Schmetterling oder, wie heute, die grüne Krille meinem Sohn auf dem Kopf.

Andersrum mag es mein Sohn Frosche auf dem Gesicht zu tragen.

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