Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A riDIKulous name.

I told you the other day that I took two of my nieces to San Diego this past weekend to visit our friends Andy and Kacey and their son, Kien (6), and daughter, Maya (4). But what I FAILED to mention is that I realized this weekend that I might just be too immature to have children of my own.

Allow me to share with you my moment of epiphany . . .

When we were at the zoo, my niece Emma saw an animal called a Dik Dik.

Yes . . . I said "Dik Dik."

The name had barely registered when this conversation among the kids began:

Emma: [yelling with delight] Oh! A Dik Dik! I LOOOOOOVE Dik Diks!!!
Savannah: What's a Dik Dik?
Emma: I LOVE Dik Diks! Kien, did you see the Dik Dik??
Kien: Yeah. It's over there.
Maya: Where's the Dik Dik?
Emma: Over there. Oh! I didn't know there were Dik Diks in California!
Savannah: Emma, why do you keep saying Dik Dik? You like really like to say Dik Dik, don't you?
Kien: Yeah! Why do you like Dik Diks so much?

Meanwhile, I'm over to the side giggling uncontrollably, hitting Andy, wiping away tears, and doing the pee pee dance. Now, a mature person would have been able to listen to this exchange straight-faced and possibly taken the opportunity to educate the kids on where Dik Diks come from, what they eat, how they hunt and what they - yeah . . . I can't even get through that paragraph with a straight face.

How am I allowed to call myself an adult??

But, seriously - who ever even HEARD of a Dik Dik?? Much less knew so much about them that they became simply rapturous upon seeing them in the zoo? And let's be honest - that is a ridiculous name. Why on EARTH would anyone name an animal that, for goodness sake? Were there no better options? It made me a little nervous about the rest of the animals in that section . . . I was half afraid we'd see an Anus Anus or a Boob Boob next.

And there's no WAY I could've handled that.


The Queen of my Domain said...

Hysterical! She has seen them here at our zoo.....guess everything is just more exciting in California!

Ms. E said...

They're tiny antelopes arent' they? And I think they're from South Africa. (all this without Google. Will amend if I'm wrong.)

Ms. E said...

Close. East Africa. The paragraph below explains how they got their name. But Catherine, I do believe you are right. Too immature to have your own kids. LOL JK

A dik-dik, pronounced "dĭk’ dĭk", is a small antelope of the Genus Madoqua that lives in the bush of East Africa, Angola and Namibia. Dik-diks stand 30–40 cm (approx. 12–16 inches) at the shoulder, are 50–70 cm (approx. 20-28 inches) long, weigh 3–6 kg (approx. 7-16 pounds) and can live for up to 10 years. Dik-diks are named for the alarm calls of the females, which make a dik-dik, or zik-zik sound. In addition to the female's alarm call, both the male and female make a shrill whistling sound. These calls often alert a variety of other animals to any disturbance in the area. Consequently, hunters regard dik-diks as a nuisance and have killed great numbers in the past in order to prevent them from scaring away game animals

Anonymous said...

20-28 inches long huh? Pretty impressive. For a dik-dik.

Catherine said...

Nice one, Anonymous. Nice one. :)

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