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08 May 2005 @ 05:40 pm
If god wanted us to fly, he would have given us tickets  

About a week ago, my Australian cousin had a baby girl. She’s twenty-three -- my cousin, not that baby, although if the latter wouldn’t that sentence have been, like, so amusing?! Rona -- my cousin -- only got married last year; she called her daughter Imogen, which is a good deal better than Charnie, I must say. That’s what my other cousin, who got married at twenty-one and had a baby at twenty-two, called her eldest daughter. I’m really quite scared, to be honest -- returning home at the age of nineteen, by these standards, I should have a fiance in tow or even a bun in the oven.

Anyway, my mother bought a card for Rona and made me write it, because I’m always made write cards and draw pictures on the envelopes and stuff. Presumably my mother thinks the recipient of these cards will find it charming as opposed to, eg, psycho and deluded. This is what I wrote for Rona:

Dear Rona, Daniel and baby Imogen,

Congratulations for bringing the second great-grand-child into the world! In the manner of fairy godmothers, we wish her every possible grace, beauty, wit and charm, as well as other, more prosaic gifts -- such as being good at sums, ‘cause that’s always useful -- for the rest of her long life.

Much love, the Irish expatriates

There was also a silhouette of a baby in a buggy at the bottom of the card; it was wearing what I presumed to be a bobble hat. I drew an arrow to it and added the thoughtful communiqué: I hope she doesn’t have an alien tentacle, though!

My mother split her sides laughing, although it wasn’t exactly me on top comic form, was it? It will pass entirely over Rona’s head, in any case. I thought it was at least better than saying: ‘You had a baby. Um, wow. The next eighteen years of your life are going to be sheer hell. Love and drugs, a family whose eldest child is nearly got rid of -w00t!!’.

cynicalpirate and chowburger -- ohmygill, Vanessa! I actually felt sorry for her...

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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on May 9th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
You'll find that 'you've not' is very much an Irish, possibly Welsh thing. Even Scottish. However, neither Harry nor Draco is Scottish -- they're English. Particularly Draco, the pureblood, he'd use an upper-class 'rah' accent that would most certainly not incorporate the dialectism (not a word?!) of 'you've not', as opposed to 'you haven't'. It doesn't fit with Harry either. Only Seamus really would go for that variation. :D