Thursday, August 03, 2023

A sisterly scene on the tram in Basel

On the tram, several sisters, aged about eight to eighteen, were talking both Turkish and German to each other. The youngest then said something that was clearly in English, though I didn't catch the words at first. The oldest reached out her hands to the youngest, reminded her how to hold them, and asked her in German if she was ready. Then they began chanting and clapping: "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can." I realized then that the girl had said "Pat-a-cake". When they finished, she squealed with delight and shouted something in Turkish that must have meant "again" — and they did it again. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 3 August 2023)

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