Thursday, October 15, 2009

Other Family Diversions - Game -- Duck - Duck - WHAT?

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I have lived in a lot of states over the years and dealt with a lot of different dialects.

There is the classic "soda" versus "pop".

There are the folks that call "lunch" "dinner" and "dinner" "supper".

When I moved from the Midwest to New Jersey I would say to my new friends, "I'm going to the mall. Do you want to come with?" They would say "I'm going to the muawl. Do you want to come with me?"

It drove them crazy when I ended my sentences with "with". (Guess what New Jerseyites - I just ended a sentence with 2 of them!)

BUT, no dialect difference creates that sense of ire in me like the battle over the beloved children's game that has children sit in a circle while one person is "it" and taps people on the head. Each tap is accompanied by a "duck", until the person that is "it" chooses someone to chase them around the circle. But what do they say to choose that person? Thus begins the great "Duck - Duck - Goose" versus "Duck - Duck - Gray Duck" debate.

Now, I know what most of you are thinking, "What the heck is Duck - Duck - Gray Duck?"

Duck - Duck - Gray Duck is a Minnesota anomaly. They buck the peer pressure from the rest of the United States as we push "Goose" on them.

The One Zillion Books family has lived in Minnesota for over 3 years. We love living here, but I was raised "goose"-people. My daughter was born in the "goose"-loving state of Wisconsin, so she sees both sides of the debate. My son, however, has lived in Minnesota as long as he could talk, so he is a full blown Duck - Duck - Gray Ducker.

When we meet other families in Minnesota and learn that they are not originally from Minnesota, one of the first things I ask is "So, are you a Duck - Duck - Goose or - Gray Duck family?"

You would be amazed at the amount of emotion this question evokes. The visit could be going horribly, with awkward moments of cricket-worthy silence, or round after round of one-sided puns and zingers. But you bring up the Duck - Duck debate and you have just broken the ice and (depending on which side of the debate you fall) made the best of friends.

I don't care how long I live in Minnesota, it will always be "goose" for me. I am even thinking about starting a movement...

Here is a shirt I created at Cafe Press:

But then I worried about offending all of those die-hard Gray Duck aficionados (like my son) and also created this shirt at Cafe Press:

Or maybe it doesn't make a difference as long as I tell my son that I will always love him, no matter what -Gray Duck and all.

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