"We can't store the persimmons in the garage," I said to the Mama and the Husband at the lunch table one day. "There's an uh-toot."
The Mama laughed.
"What's that?" the Husband asked.
"A mouse," I said. Most likely I shuddered. Rodents give me the creeps. "Uh-toot in Ilocano means mouse. Right, Mama?"
"Uh-taut," said Mama. "You have a funny pronunciation."
"Uh-toot," I said.
"Uh-toot," said the Husband. "She's saying the same thing."
The Mama smiled.
"Uh-toot," I said. "Be careful. If you say Ah-toot, you're talking about a fart."
That conversation happened a few years back. Recently, I learned that the Ilocano word for mouse is bau, which I never heard the Mama or the Daddy use. I also found out that the spelling for fart is o-t-o-t.
The Mama considered mice as farts. Giggle.
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