Day 30: Reading to the Natives

In an effort to educate the heathen natives in more refined and civilized communication, I have been reading literature to the natives.  Tuesday appears particularly fascinated with books and often presents them to me for my consideration and translate the written word into oral sounds that, perhaps, might be understandable.  The reading is a daily occurrence and generally consists of the reading aloud of particular books multiple times.

I can only hope and surmise that all of this reading has not been done in vain; that the words that fall on the ears of the natives, particularly Tuesday, are having some effect on the development of their speech.  True, I may be releasing a Pandora’s Box by educating the natives to use the spoken word to communicate, yet I believe that somehow it may be to my benefit.  Tuesday’s speech appears slow in its development however she manages to communicate her approval and disapproval through the use of body and sign language.  Her exuberant tendencies amplify with her communication, often producing high-pitched squeals and screams, similar to that of the indigenous birds that inhabit the tribe’s living space.  Perhaps they provide an influence in her communication?  Perhaps she is communicating with the avian?  I shall continue to develop Tuesday’s language into a coherent formation of words that all may understand.

The books that are supplied by the tribe for the natives are familiar to my own memory.  Much of the literature provided by the tribe I can recall reading as a young child by my father and mother.  The literature appears sturdier than I remember, in some cases in the form of a solid board.  Perhaps the intention of the sturdiness of the books is to prevent the natives from destroying the literature in their rugged play.  Some of the books are of a rhyming nature and appear to be composed by some sort of physician or medical doctor named Seuss.  The illustrations in these books appear to be quite stylized and often unrealistic.  Tuesday takes great interest and enjoyment in these, particularly the book about noses.  Still, many more books lie among the tribe’s literature treasury.  Of particular note is the quantity and frequency of literature consisting of the Christmas holiday as its subject.  Tuesday implores me to read these in great frequency, often selecting the same book multiple times in one day.  Perhaps the natives are not quite as heathen as was originally thought.  Could it be that there is some form of organized religion among the natives?  The majority of the remaining books appear to include animals and wildlife, which is of no great surprise.  Given Tuesday’s particular affinity for the tribe’s domestic wildlife, I can only surmise that this literature is designed to make her appreciate all forms of wildlife.

Tuesday’s attention span when reading to her is short – let there be no mistaking that.  I may begin a story and shortly thereafter she may remove the literature from my grasp and march around with it like she is forming some sort of small procession.  I may begin a story and she may exit the tribal living area and proceed into the food preparation area, attempting to reach new heights.  I often feel that the reading of literature provides some form of distraction for her, whilst she devises how to fulfill her latest whim.  In any case, I shall continue to read and implore her to learn the language printed in the books of the tribe’s library.  It can only prove beneficial in the future.

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