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Emma Why – Crimson’s Creative Challenge #41

Welcome to Crimson’s Creative Challenge. I didn’t think I’d come up with something and then, well, I did. I love that this challenge means pretty much anything is accepted, as long as we keep it under 150 words.  Can’t say I blame Crispina. For challenges, that means a lot of reading (and I try to read all the participants’ entries too, so. Yeah. I do my bestest to keep it at 150 or less).


Mommy! Look at the ducks!

I think they are geese, dear.

I thought ducks were white and gooses were black and white like the ones in Canada.

Geese.  And there are different types.

Why are they geese and not gooses?

I don’t know.

Why are these geese here in the parking lot?  Isn’t it hot for their foots?

Feet, not foots.

Why is is feet and not foot?

Good question. English is funny that way.

Can I pet them?

Oh no! Geese are notorious for being nasty.

What is notorious? And they look nice.

Notorious means they have a bad reputation.  Don’t disturb them; they probably think we are on their territory.

That’s silly, Mommy. They should be in the water or in the air!

You’ve got that right, Emma-Why.

Why do you call me Emma-Why?

Gee, I wonder why!


Word count 150


And since I like to add a photo of mine, here are some Canada Gooses 😉



82 thoughts on “Emma Why – Crimson’s Creative Challenge #41

  1. LOL, this was fun! Sounded almost like a miniature speech-and-language session … (almost, but … )
    And, yes, English IS odd.
    Moose stay Moose.
    Fish stay Fish.
    But a goose turn to Geese.
    And a mouse turn to Mice.
    And a foot turns to Feet.
    And there’s not much to do but to learn those and know these …

    BTW, I adore Emma-Why’s kind!

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  2. For some reason, I didn’t know the plural of moose is moose! This was a cute little exchange with Emma. We sometimes get Canada geese by the thousands – not in my yard, fortunately.😧

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  3. I’ve heard Canadian Geese mate for life, which I suppose, is nice. But, boy are they mean. Especially, when they’re expecting. The males can get downright hostile, as our dog found out. Then there’s all that hissing, not to mention what gets on the bottom of your shoe. 😀

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  4. brilliant – and this mum should have learned to speak plainly – you don’t bombard your Emma-Why child with such sophisticated words 🙂 😉
    But then you wouldn’t have had such a clever little story. Thank you so much!

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      • Dale, I didn’t baby-talk either, never. But I took the mickey out of you because of ‘notorious’. Go and check how many adults don’t know that word! All of this also made me think and smile at the great and easily understandable books by Alexander McCall Smith, a notoriously prolific (!) Scottish writer. He is the Go-To writer I always send my friends with limited English vocabulary because he so cleverly has invented ‘instructed’ characters who explain difficult words in the book as part of the story. Highly recommended.

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  5. I remember vividly in my family the ‘why’ problem….. My mother did what she could, explained, told, repeated, but at one moment she’d always blow a casket and say: BECAUSE! Still makes me smile 🙂
    And NOT asking plenty of questions (and getting replies) is a sad thing. One mustn’t curb the interest in a child.

    Two days ago I met up with a true French person and told him about all the misunderstandings and various unwanted second, third and forth senses/meaning I’ve found. The guy was gobsmacked; because he KNEW he never saw the problems his mother tongue poses to non-French speakers. For a beginning we spoke about MER/mère, foi/foie/fois, plus et plus, etc. Can’t think of all of them now.

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    • Oh, I remember vividly my boys and their “why” stage. I think we all finish with a “BECAUSE!”

      And yes, English is as guilty for not only words that sound the same but those which are spelt the same yet pronounced differently! Take read, read 😉

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  6. Q,

    What’s good for the gooses is good for the gander, right? And this was an entertaining gander at that. And yes, I think it would be more fun if they were referred to as gooses rather than geese. Whenever this comes up, it always feels as if the word “geese” is a tad bit shackled to conventional standards.

    Emma is a classic name. It was in my short list for my daughter way back when. I just loved the sound of it, and of course, how when shortened into Em it remained itself by and large. Now, Emma Why sounds like a really cool spy name.

    150 word (or less) challenges ain’t got a chance against the Notorious Q! You’ve done it again!


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  7. Love your story. It reminds me so much of our very inquisitive 3 sons when they were young. Why is there air? Of course Bill Cosby’s classic answer of “To blow up basketballs” was not a good answer for them. They really wanted to know. Good job.

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  8. Dear Dale,

    I love Emma-Why. So cute. Geese are not only notorious for being nasty, they’re notorious for leaving a trail of poo. And why do they call them Canadian geese when they love Missouri and Kansas so much? I see gaggles all year long all over the place. Why am I rambling when I just stopped in to read and tell you how much I loved this story. Why haven’t I stopped yet?

    Why not just say shalom and lotsa hugs?


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  9. Cute story and so believable. Sounds like a conversation you’ve had before many times.
    From reading other comments, it sounds like Emma-Why is a real person. I thought you had two boys, but I could be wrong. Is Emma yours or a friend?

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